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Dodgers Acquire Catcher Rod Barajas... And Vin

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The Dodgers claimed Mets’ catcher Rod Barajas through the waivers. He is expected to join the team on Tuesday in Milwaukee with catcher AJ Ellis the prime candidate to being optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque in the corresponding move.

“At this point in time we needed a third catcher because Sept. 1 comes we were hard pressed to find another catcher to bring up. We’ll catch him. He’ll share with Ausmus, probably do most of the catching. He’ll show up Tuesday.”

The Ontario native was batting .225 with 12 homers, 11 doubles and 34 RBI for the Mets.

Injury Updates. I caught shortstop Rafael Furcal just before he headed to the training room. When asked how he was feeling, he indicated he was feeling so-so. When asked if he felt better than he did earlier this week Furcal said, “A little better.”

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While Torre hoped that this will be a positive as Furcal heads to the Dodgers training facility in Arizona to rehab his strained back, Torre is hedging his bets.

“I can’t get too high until we get back off this trip and I can see a good look in his eye,” Torre said.

In the new injury department, right-handed reliever Travis Schlichting has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury. Torre didn’t know the extent of the injury only that Schlichting would be undergoing an MRI today. That made room for Jeff Weaver to make his early return without and rehab appearances in Class-A Inland Empire.