Dodgers won't get Padilla back until June
Torre looking for pitcher from within to stabilize rotation
LOS ANGELES -- Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla did light throwing Sunday at Dodger Stadium but is not expected back until June when rehab starts are factored in, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said.
Padilla has been on the disabled list with right elbow soreness since April 25 after he made his fourth start on April 22. Padilla is 1-1 with a 6.65 ERA. His absence and Charlie Haeger's erratic control have left the Dodgers' rotation with just three regular starting pitchers, the primary reason they find themselves 13-17 and in last place in the National League West by six games behind the Padres.
Torre said someone will have to step up from within.
"I think it's certainly fixable, and it's just a matter of when that happens. It will happen," Torre said. "It's just a matter of when. I can't give you that right now. But we certainly need for that to happen at some point this year and we need to stay close enough so that when it does happen it'll make a big impact on us."
The starters who should be their three most reliable, Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda, all struggled in their most recent starts.
According to Torre, however, leadership has not been the problem.
"I think their security still comes from the Casey Blakes and Garret [Anderson] and you look at Jamey [Carroll], who's filling in for a pretty important player."
Haeger won't travel to series in Arizona
LOS ANGELES -- Charlie Haeger said after the Dodgers' 2-0 win over the Rockies on Sunday that he will not make the trip with the team to Arizona, where they begin a three-game series against the D-backs on Monday.
The Dodgers have yet to name a starter for Tuesday's game.
Haeger said Sunday that his right heel has been bothering him and that he has been receiving treatment for it. He said he expects to see a doctor on Monday locally.
"I think we're going to go see a doctor this week and make sure everything's OK with the bone and everything structurally down there," said Haeger, who lasted just five batters in a start against the Rockies on Saturday.
A few minutes before Haeger spoke, manager Joe Torre said he was unsure whether Haeger would travel. Haeger did not speak of any physical problems until Sunday, saying he was fine after Saturday's start.
If Haeger is placed on the disabled list, it allows the Dodgers to recall John Ely from Triple-A Albuquerque to make a start on Tuesday. Ely, who was brilliant for 6 2/3 innings against the Brewers on Thursday in his second career start, normally would not be eligible to return to the big league roster for 10 days. He is able to return, however, in case of an injury to a pitcher on the Dodgers' 25-man roster.
Haeger is out of options and would need to clear waivers to be sent to the Minor Leagues.
Ramon Ortiz and Carlos Monasterios are the other two pitchers Torre said he was considering starting on Tuesday. Torre said he would name his starter on Monday.
Sherrill looks to Wagner for quick fix
LOS ANGELES -- George Sherrill, 0-1 with a 7.94 ERA, had gotten to a point early this season where he said he wasn't going to pore through any more video to figure out what was wrong with his mechanics.
On Saturday, before Sherrill struck out two in a scoreless inning against the Rockies in an 8-0 Dodgers loss, he went back to the tube one more time.
"I was telling some of the guys, thank God the Red Sox and Yankees went to a rain delay and [Billy] Wagner pitched," Sherrill said. "I've always been told I'm close to how he pitched."
Wagner, one of the most dominant left-handers relievers in history, is a little bit longer in his delivery than Sherrill. But what Sherrill realized is he was combating his arm speed: He watched Wagner, applied what he saw in his own warmups and in the bullpen and translated it in-game.
"All the other stuff I've been doing didn't even matter," Sherrill said. "Everything I've done all season, didn't matter."
Blake, Manny back in lineup for day game
LOS ANGELES -- Casey Blake and Manny Ramirez were both in Sunday's lineup against Rockies ace Ubaldo Jimenez in a day game after a night game.
Torre said Saturday he had planned to rest Blake, who is 4-for-28 on the Dodgers' homestand, but said Sunday Ronnie Belliard has been bothered by a groin injury. Belliard could play, Torre said, but would be limited.
Blake made strong contact, for both hits and outs, in a 2-for-4 performance Friday night.
Torre also considered resting Ramirez, who came off the disabled list Saturday to play in his first game since he injured his calf on April 22 in Washington. Ramirez was 1-for-4.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.