CINCINNATI -- George Sherrill has been off the disabled list since June 8, but entering Tuesday night's game at Cincinnati, he had appeared just once since his return.

Sherrill said his back feels good -- he originally went on the DL because of tightness -- although he said it was the type of injury he could have played through. Instead, the Dodgers wanted to play it safe.

Sherrill missed 14 games because of the injury and has struggled all season, posting a 0-1 record with a 7.80 ERA in 23 appearances.

"I've got to pitch my way out of this funk I'm in," Sherrill said. "It's just a matter of taking the ball and running with it. ... I haven't struggled like this for this period of time ever, that I can remember, but it's just one of those things. Hopefully I can get through this and help us win a pennant.

Padilla to return to rotation Saturday

CINCINNATI -- Even before Chad Billingsley was placed on the disabled list Tuesday, Dodgers manager Joe Torre had already decided to bring Vicente Padilla back to the rotation.

Padilla -- who has been on the DL since April 23 with an inflamed radial nerve in his throwing arm -- will take Billingsley's place in the rotation and start Saturday at Boston.

In his third and final rehab start Sunday, Padilla pitched for Triple-A Albuquerque and allowed six runs and eight hits in 5 2/3 innings.

Despite the shaky numbers, Torre said the right-hander is able to throw all his pitches and is ready to go. In four starts before going on the DL, Padilla went 1-1 with a 6.65 ERA. He last started for the Dodgers on April 22 in an 8-5 loss at Cincinnati.

Kemp moved to sixth spot in lineup

CINCINNATI -- After a day off from the starting lineup Sunday, Matt Kemp moved down to the No. 6 spot in the Dodgers' order in Tuesday's series opener against the Reds.

The center fielder hadn't gotten a hit in his last 16 at-bats and had seen his average drop from .283 to .265 over the span of five games.

"Just to try to get him out of the spotlight a little bit," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "He's still protected by Casey [Blake] behind him, so we have some protection for him. He's been fighting himself and just get him out of there for a couple days and see what happens."

It was the first time this season Kemp has batted sixth. He has hit second 28 times, third 12 times and fourth 19 times.

Dodgers sign six more drafted players

CINCINNATI -- The Dodgers have now signed 15 of their picks from last week's First-Year Player Draft.

On Monday, six drafted players and one free agent signed, including eighth round pick Blake Dean of Louisiana State, ninth round pick Steven Domecus of Virginia Tech, 23rd round pick B.J. Larosa of Bucknell, 24th round pick Andrew Edge of Jacksonville State, 25th round pick Chance Gilmore of Coastal Carolina and free agent Angelo Ponte of Fordham.