Dodgers Purchase Ex-Huntsville Star Danny Ardoin

(LOS ANGELES) -  Former Huntsville Stars catcher Danny Ardoin is back in the major leagues with his 5th team after the Los Angeles Dodgers placed backup catcher Gary Bennett on the 15-day disabled list, Tuesday.

The Dodgers purchased Ardoin's contract from Class AAA -  Las Vegas (PCL), where he was hitting .303 with 4 HRs and 16 RBIs in 29 games.

Pitcher Jason Schmidt was transferred to the 60-day DL to make room for Ardoin on the 40-man roster. Schmidt is working his way back from last season's shoulder surgery.

Ardoin, who turns 34 in July, signed a minor league contract as a free agent last December.

He began his career in the Oakland A's organization in 1995 after turning down the Cleveland Indians the year before, and reached the Huntsville Stars in 1997, hitting .231 as a backup, then .248 in 109 game with the Stars a year later.

After a trade in July 2000, he made his major league debut with the Minnesota Twins that year, and has split his major league time between the Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, and Baltimore Orioles.

He has a .202 average in 141 major league games.

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