July 31, 2012
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LOS ANGELES -- Purdue baseball alumnus Josh Lindblom has been traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Philadelphia Phillies as a part of the deal that allowed the Dodgers to acquire two-time All-Star Shane Victorino Tuesday.
Lindblom was drafted by the Dodgers in 2008 after pitching for Purdue in 2007 and 2008. The Lafayette native made his Major League debut in June 2011 and has been with the Dodgers since September of last season.
Lindblom has appeared in 48 games this season, recording 15 holds to rank 10th in the National League. He is expected to serve as a setup man for Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon. After reaching the playoffs in five consecutive seasons dating back to 2007, Philadelphia has struggled this season due in part to injuries. Although the organization is trading off some assets this year, most baseball observers believe the Phillies will once again be a playoff contender in 2013.
Lindblom had earned two victories in relief for the Dodgers this season, helping LA jump out to a hot start and remain a contender in the National League West. He has recorded 43 strikeouts in 47 2/3 innings while compiling a 3.02 ERA.
With 2012 program alumni Cameron Perkins and Blake Mascarello currently playing in the Phillies' Minor League system, there are now three Purdue alumni in the Philadelphia organization. Mascarello is 3-1 with a 1.40 ERA in his nine relief appearances for the Lakewood BlueClaws of the Class A South Atlantic League. Perkins has been a constant in the middle of the lineup for the Williamsport Crosscutters of the Class A Short Season New York-Penn League this season.
Lindblom had been active in the community in the greater Los Angeles area with his Josh Lindblom Foundation. Yahoo Sports published a feature detailing his visit to Skid Row to hand out food and other supplies to the homeless. Read the feature by clicking HERE.
Minor League pitcher Ethan Martin (going from LA to Philly) was also part of the three-player trade completed by the Dodgers and Phillies just hours before Major League Baseball's non-waiver trade deadline. Philadelphia plays a three-game series at Cincinnati Sept. 3-5.