LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left-handed reliever Paul Maholm suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Friday night and is lost for the rest of the season.
Lefty reliever Paco Rodriguez was recalled to replace Maholm in the bullpen. Rodriguez had a 4.40 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he threw a perfect inning Friday night. This is the third recall this year for Rodriguez, who also was on the Opening Day roster.
Maholm underwent an MRI that revealed the tear. The Dodgers said treatment plans are still to be determined, but the injury almost certainly will require reconstructive surgery. Maholm tore the ACL in his left knee in high school.
"Unfortunate for us. Unfortunate for him ... It's just unfortunate to lose a guy like that at this time in the season," said manager Don Mattingly."
"It changes some roles around," said Mattingly. "Obviously, we used Paul as a guy who could be a spot starter, use him for length, kind of the long guy in your bullpen. Depending on where you're at, you can use him short. Now, we have Paco, who's more of a situational lefty for us. We'll have to try to figure out that long man. It definitely takes away from our depth a little bit with starting pitching. It leaves us with some gaps."
Maholm was injured as he covered first base in the seventh inning of Friday night's 8-2 loss to the Cubs. He was 1-5 with a 4.84 ERA in eight starts and 22 relief appearances.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.