Shoulder bursitis sidelines Wade
Reliever placed on DL retroactive to April 12; Elbert recalled
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers placed right-handed reliever Cory Wade on the disabled list retroactive to April 12 because of shoulder bursitis and recalled left-hander Scott Elbert from Double-A Chattanooga.Dodgers manager Joe Torre decided to make the move on Saturday because Wade hasn't pitched since last Saturday in Arizona and wouldn't be ready to pitch again until the middle of next week at best. So Torre decided it was best to give Wade extra time to get healthy while being eligible for a return on April 27. "To me the earliest he was going to pitch was Tuesday or Wednesday anyways, so we decided to put him on the DL," Torre said. Wade said he began to feel pain in his shoulder after pitching against the Diamondbacks in Arizona. He pitched a perfect inning that day but hadn't thrown since. Wade missed 10 days of Spring Training in late February with the same injury.
"It's the same shoulder thing," Wade said. "It went away, but it's one of those things where it came back. I just have to get back and try and get healthy."Wade is currently resting his shoulder and is tentatively scheduled to begin rehab on Monday at the Dodgers' Spring Training facility in Arizona. Meanwhile, Elbert was scheduled to make it to Los Angeles in time for the Dodgers game against the Rockies on Saturday. Elbert was starting in the Minors and had a 3.38 ERA in two outings with Chattanooga. The 23-year-old made 10 appearances with the Dodgers last season, going 0-1 with a 12.00 ERA in six innings. He's expected to pitch out of the bullpen with the Dodgers again as James McDonald will start Sunday's game. "The only thing I can say is that he's raw," Torre said. "He has Major League stuff and he certainly isn't afraid to show it, but he's been inconsistent. But that's all about experience." Torre also said that rookie Ronald Belisario could be the team's closer on Saturday with Jonathan Broxton out because he had a five-out save Friday night. Belisario has a 1.17 ERA in 7 2/3 innings so far this season. "So far [Belisario] has given us somebody to go to," Torre said. "And even though Broxton didn't throw many pitches last night, we're reluctant to use him in a day game after a night game. Belisario seems to be comfortable pitching late in the games."
Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.