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Dessens was placed on the DL on Monday with a sprained left ankle, retroactive to Aug. 3.
The Dodgers sent minor league right-handers Blake Johnson and Julio Pimental and cash considerations to the Royals for Dessens. Dessens returns for a second stint with the Dodgers, having appeared in 28 games for them last season, including seven starts. He had a 3.56 ERA in 65.2 innings.
The Kansas City Star reported that Dessens has signed a contract with the Kansas City Royals for $3.4 million over two years.
Dessens has decided to decline his part of a mutual option to return with the Dodgers for 2006, and will test the free agency waters.
After returning from the disabled list on Wednesday, Dessens has been chosen to start for the Dodgers Saturday against the Chicago White Sox. Dessens will start in place of Derek Thompson, who has been bothered by some tenderness in his throwing elbow. In two April starts before he was sidelined, Dessens posted a 4.00 ERA in nine innings of work.
Dessens, on the disabled list since April 20 because of bone spurs in his right shoulder, was activated by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. The 34-year-old righthander replaces injured closer Eric Gagne on the 25-man roster. In two April starts before he was sidelined, Dessens posted a 4.00 ERA in nine innings of work.
Dessens, who left last Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers after experiencing muscle spasms behind his rotator cuff, has been diagnosed with a bone spur in his pitching shoulder. Although the injury is not considered serious, the Dodgers have placed the righthander on the 15-day disabled list, opening a spot on the roster for starter Brad Penny. He will be re-evaluated over the coming days to determine how much time he might miss.
Dessens had been filling Penny's rotation spot over the first couple weeks of the season. In two starts, he allowed four runs on six hits over nine innings, striking out one and walking four. Upon his return, Dessens likely will pitch in long relief.
Tests on Dessens' pitching shoulder were negative, and he is scheduled to throw a bullpen session on Friday to see how his arm feels. The Dodgers' righthander left Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers after experiencing muscle spasms behind his rotator cuff, but blamed the problem on sleeping wrong and waking up with stiffness in his neck. The ailment is not considered serious, and for now, he has been listed as day-to-day.
Dessens has been filling a spot in the Dodgers' rotation over the first couple weeks of the 2005 campaign, but with Brad Penny scheduled to return to action on Sunday, he'll now move to a long-relief role. In two starts, he allowed four runs on six hits over nine innings, striking out one and walking four.
Dessens was forced to leave Tuesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers after experiencing muscle spasms in the back of his pitching shoulder during the fourth inning. The Dodgers' righthander allowed two runs on two hits and three walks in 3.1 innings prior to his departure. Buddy Carlyle took over for Los Angeles. Dessens will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, but for now, consider him as day-to-day.
As long as Dessens' shoulder problem does not land him on the disabled list, he'll likely move to a long-relief role going forward, opening a spot in the rotation for Brad Penny, who is expected to be activated as early as this weekend.