Dodgers ink David Wells

Aug. 24, 2007 at 7:29 PM

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers Friday confirmed the signing of veteran left-hander David Wells for the balance of the 2007 season.

The 44-year-old Wells was designated for assignment by San Diego Aug. 10, and became a free agent after clearing waivers.

The Dodgers, in third place in the NL West, 5 ½ games back of first-place Arizona, hope Wells will be a catalyst for a strong stretch run, and a positive addition to their up-and-down starting rotation.

"David is an established veteran and has a long track record of success," said General Manager Ned Colletti on the Dodgers' Web site. "He's a true competitor who has pitched well down the stretch numerous times and we believe he can do so again this season."

Wells is 5-8 this season. He has 33 walks and 63 strikeouts, with an ERA of 5.54 in 118 2/3 innings and 22 starts.

Right-hander Brett Tomko was designated for assignment.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Electronics certification company makes hoverboard burst into flames
Eli Manning explains pout after Denver Broncos' Super Bowl score
Duke's Grayson Allen trips Louisville player
Nicola Griffin to appear in Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue at 56
Larry Sanders considering NBA comeback