Michael Ausiello
September 14, 2010 AT 08:58 PM EDT

Image Credit: Alexander Tamargo/Getty ImagesPrivate Practice has found just the man-candy to fill the void left by the dearly departed Dell: Cristián de la Fuente.

The In Plain Sight hunk has been tapped to play the potentially recurring role of Eric Rodriguez, a self-possessed, confident, wickedly funny and—just guessing here—fairly attractive new doctor.

De la Fuente—who earned a bronze medal in the sixth season of Dancing With the Stars—will make his first appearance in late October/early November.

There’s no word on whose heart McCaliente will send racing, but the initial character breakdown may contain a clue: Private producers noted that prospective candidates must be 5’11”. In possibly related news, Kate Walsh is the show’s tallest female cast member at 5’9″.

Now is the time on Sprockets when we go, “Hmmm…”

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