'Throw-in' Choate off to fast start with Dodgers

'Throw-in' Choate off to fast start with Dodgers

'Throw-in' Choate off to fast start with Dodgers
ST. LOUIS -- Randy Choate is the "other guy" in the Hanley Ramirez trade. But as a situational short reliever, he knows the drill.

"I'm glad to be the throw-in guy," said the 36-year-old Choate. "I don't get offended by that stuff. If Hanley gets the press, I'm fine with that. As long as he's happy."

Like Ramirez, Choate traveled most of Wednesday from Florida to get to St. Louis in time for the game, arriving by the third inning, throwing a few warmups to get loose, then warming up for real and entering the game in the 10th inning, retiring the three batters he faced in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss in 12 innings.

To make room for Choate, the Dodgers sent reliever Shawn Tolleson back to Triple-A Albuquerque.

Choate said he learned about the trade in 2:30 a.m. wake-up text message from a friend, got a confirmation phone call from the Marlins in the morning, packed and went to the airport.

"It's exciting to be playing for something," he said.

"Choate gives us another lefty that allows us not to have [Scott] Elbert warming up all the time," manager Don Mattingly said.

To make room on the 40-man roster, reliever Todd Coffey was moved from the 15- to 60-day disabled list. Coffey underwent Tommy John surgery last week.

Infielder Adam Kennedy remains active, even though he aggravated a strained right groin muscle Tuesday night.