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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.

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