While the designation may have been earned, it may also have meant something more. There seemed something almost symbolic about the Dodgers designating Ronnie Belliard for assignment Tuesday. That cleared a spot on the 40-man roster for outfielder Trent Oeltjen, called up from Triple A Albuquerque. The Belliard move could be viewed simply as recognition of his failure this year (.216 batting average, .327 slugging percentage in 162 at-bats) ... or that the Dodgers' season is effectively over and it's time to start looking toward next year.
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