- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2011

DENVER (AP) - The Los Angeles Dodgers have optioned rookie outfielder Jerry Sands to Triple-A Albuquerque and recalled left-handed hitting outfielder Trent Oeltjen.

Sands has struggled lately, collecting just three hits, all singles, in his last 35 at-bats. He didn’t figure to get sufficient playing time with Marcus Thames back from the disabled list. Manager Don Mattingly said playing everyday for the Isotopes will allow Sands to work out the kinks in his game.

Sands was hitting .200 with two homers, 10 doubles and 17 RBIs in 125 at-bats for the Dodgers.

Oeltjen batted .339 with eight home runs and 34 RBIs at Albuquerque, where he had a .429 on-base percentage and a .483 slugging percentage.