July 29, 2011
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LOS ANGELES - Purdue baseball alumnus Josh Lindblom has been called up by the Los Angeles Dodgers for the second time this season after serving as the closer of the Double-A Chattanooga Lookouts for much of the summer.
Lindblom joined the Dodgers in Los Angeles Friday (July 29) for the opener of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The right-hander was recalled after reliever Kenley Jansen was placed on the disabled list.
On May 29 of this year, Lindblom joined a Major League roster for the first time in his career. He made his MLB debut June 1 with an inning of scoreless relief against Colorado. In his eight relief appearances before returning to Chattanooga, the Lafayette native worked 10 2/3 innings of two-run ball. Besides Dodger Stadium, he also made relief appearances at the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati, Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia and Coors Field in Denver.
Lindblom had posted a victory and 16 saves in his 33 relief outings this summer for the Lookouts, whose 20-13 record is the best in Southern League in the second half of the season. He had struck 51 batters in 41 1/3 innings while giving up only 30 hits. In July, the former Purdue closer had recorded six saves in his 10 appearances. During that same stretch, he had surrendered only six hits while striking out 16 over 14 innings. July 15, he retired all nine batters he faced over three innings, striking out five.
Lindblom pitched at Purdue in 2007 and 2008, recording 13 saves and a school-record 8.785 strikeouts per nine innings. He was selected by the Dodgers 61st overall in the second round of the 2008 MLB First-Year Player Draft.