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Melbourne's Moylan returns to the big leagues
Veteran earns call-up to Dodgers
06/02/2013 2:56 AM ET
Side-arming Moylan has pitched for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in New Mexico this year.
Side-arming Moylan has pitched for the Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate in New Mexico this year. 
SYDNEY, 2 June - Peter Moylan has pitched his way into a call-up with the Los Angeles Dodgers ahead of this weekend's series against the Colorado Rockies. Over the first two months of the season he has been with their Triple-A Albuquerque, New Mexico team where he was 2-1 with a 3.52 ERA over 17 games.

The veteran reliever signed a contract with the West Coast club before the start of the 2013 season which included a clause allowing Moylan to leave the team and declare free agency had he not been promoted by 1 June. Rather than risk losing the historically-reliable reliever the Dodgers found room on their 25-man roster.

Peter had enjoyed a seven year Major League career with the Atlanta Braves, which began when he was signed following an outstanding performance for Team Australia in the inaugural World Baseball Classic in 2006. But he saw limited action in 2012 as he rehabbed and worked his way back into the ranks following shoulder surgery in 2011. Overall Peter has a 20-9 MLB record with a 2.59 ERA having appeared in 295 games, pitching 260.2 innings, striking out 207 along the way.

Peter joins two fellow Australians in the Major Leagues: Grant Balfour (Oakland Athletics, Sydney) and Travis Blackley (Houston Astros), who re-launched his Major League career on the back of a stellar 2011/12 season with the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League. Three non-Australian alumni of the Australian Baseball League are also in the Major Leagues: Brandon Barnes (Sydney Blue Sox, Houston Astros), Didi Gregorius (Canberra Cavalry, Arizona Diamondbacks) and Donald Lutz (Canberra Cavalry, Cincinnati Reds). As the 2013 season got under way some 75 Australians and New Zealanders under contract with Major League clubs and other professional teams.

This story was not subject to the approval of the Australian Baseball League or its clubs.