ARNIE STAPLETON

The Associated Press

DENVER (AP) - Vicente Padilla returned to the National League when the Los Angeles Dodgers purchased his contract from Triple-A Albuquerque and sent him to the mound for their series finale against Colorado.

To make room for the right-hander, the Dodgers optioned infielder Tony Abreu to Albuquerque and also moved Jason Schmidt, who had shoulder surgery earlier this month, from the 15-day DL to the 60-day DL.

Padilla, who played in Arizona and Philadelphia before getting traded to the Rangers in 2005, signed a minor league contract with the Dodgers on Aug. 19 after he was released by Texas, where he was 8-6 with a 4.92 ERA in 18 starts this season.

He angered the Rangers this season by throwing at hitters and was designated for assignment on Aug. 7.