He’ll always have Elymania.
There just won’t be any reprieves for John Ely, at least not as a Dodger.
On Wednesday the Dodgers traded Ely to the Houston Astros for minor-league pitcher Rob Rasmussen.
Ely fairly exploded upon the scene in 2010. The Dodgers were practically holding tryouts for a fifth starter before he was called up from triple-A Albuquerque and unexpectedly — if briefly — seized his opportunity.
After his first seven starts, he was 3-2 with a 2.54 ERA. It seemed somewhat mystifying, since the light-throwing right-hander hardly had overpowering stuff. He did have strong control, however, and made the most of it.
Alas, neither his control nor his future with the Dodgers was to last. He finished the season 4-10 with a 5.49 ERA and went back to Albuquerque, where he fared no better (5-4, 6.22)), and was pretty much never seen again. He made one start in 2011 and a pair of relief appearances last season. But he still looked like Matthew McConaughey’s twin, so there are worse things in life.