Sources: Dodgers Request Outright Waivers on Reliever George Sherrill
The lefty has a 7.32 ERA with 28 hits allowed and 16 walks in 19 2/3 innings. He has a $4.5 million salary, making it unlikely any team claims him. Once Sherrill clears waivers, the Dodgers can send him to the minors.
With another lefty, Hong-Chih Kuo, an All-Star, the Dodgers don't need to replace Sherrill as much as they need to deal with a starting pitcher. They are expected to call up James McDonald to be the fifth starter, replacing Jason Ely, who was 1-5 with a 7.53 ERA in his past six starts.
The Dodgers acquired Sherrill from the Orioles on July 30, 2009 for third baseman Josh Bell and pitcher Steve Johnson. Bell was 3-for-15 in a recent call-up for Baltimore, before going back to Triple-A, and Johnson is 3-6 with a 6.14 ERA in Double-A.