Dodgers talking trade with several teams
Nothing imminent, but LA eyeing pitching before deadline
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have had conversations with expected teams as the Trade Deadline approaches, including the Mariners, Astros, Blue Jays, Indians and D-backs, a baseball source said.
Those teams fit in with the Dodgers' pursuit of pitching, with Seattle's Cliff Lee, Houston's Roy Oswalt and Arizona's Dan Haren some of the top names on the trade market.
"Unless something knocks your socks off or something makes sense, I think pitching is the area probably -- starting and relieving," manager Joe Torre said Tuesday. "Whatever will tighten up what we have now."
With their payroll down the past two seasons, the Dodgers likely would only be able to acquire one premier player, most likely a pitcher. A baseball source said no deals appear imminent, with the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31.
Lee is in the last year of his contract, while Oswalt, on a 5-year, $73 million deal, is to make $16 million next season. Oswalt has a team option for 2012, with a $2 million buyout -- making the minimum he would be owed for just next season's service $18 million.
"I know [general manager Ned Colletti] has been exploring, and we've done it the last couple years, and my guess is we'll get some help," Torre said.
Manny to decide where to rehab
LOS ANGELES -- Whether Manny Ramirez's rehab assignment this weekend comes with Triple-A Albuquerque or Class A Inland Empire, it will be up to Ramirez, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Tuesday. But if Torre had his way, it would be at Triple-A.
"Albuquerque makes more sense, but again, only because you want somebody to throw the ball over the plate, and the chances are it's going to happen more at Triple-A than at A-ball," Torre said. "But Manny, it doesn't seem to bother him. He'd swing at the thing over his head."
Inland Empire will be at home Saturday and Sunday, while Albuquerque is on the road in Omaha.
"I was just talking to [Dodgers trainer Stan Conte] about it today," Torre said. "We're juggling the ball right now, and I'm not sure what we're doing, to be honest with you. I'd say by Thursday we'd have some sort of plan in place, and hopefully we can follow through with it."
Ramirez is on the disabled list retroactive to June 30 with a right hamstring injury, and he is eligible to return to action for the first game after the All-Star break.
Carlos Monasterios threw a bullpen session on Tuesday, and he is scheduled to be activated from the DL on Wednesday. Out with a blister on his throwing hand, Monasterios last threw three innings on Saturday for Albuquerque. A roster move to make room for Monasterios has not been announced.
Torre likes current role for Weaver
LOS ANGELES -- Despite Jeff Weaver's 3 1/3 no-hit innings on Monday night, and his outstanding numbers -- a 5-1 record with a 3.54 ERA -- there are no plans for the Dodgers to put him back in the rotation. It's not something Weaver wants to do, even if there was room in the rotation.
"I don't think there's anybody whose place he should take at this point," manager Joe Torre said Tuesday. "[David] Ely, certainly it was a horrible start last night, but he's given us a whole lot more good than bad. And the fact that Weav likes what he's doing, he likes coming out of the bullpen."
Weaver made seven starts in 2009, but that was out of the team's necessity, and Torre said his impact on other relievers has been crucial.
"A lot of the bullpen guys just sitting down there with him, he sort of prepares them how to come in the game," said Torre, who also managed Weaver with the Yankees. "That's sort of what he does that we don't talk about a lot."
When Ramon Troncoso returns from Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was optioned to on July 3, Torre said the right-hander may also see some time in extended-relief situations. Troncoso, 1-2 with a 5.15 ERA, had been a middle reliever.
"Part of what we want him to do, besides working consistently on his sinker, is to extend a little bit so we have some options when he gets back here," Torre said.
Troncoso isn't being looked as a starter, Torre said, although he didn't rule out emergency situations. Weaver has been used in long relief and middle relief.
"You pick up the phone, call his name, third inning or the eighth inning," Torre said of Weaver. "He's just out there waiting for you to tell him what to do."
Lysacek throws out first pitch
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles resident Evan Lysacek, an Olympic gold medalist ice skater who was also on the most recent season of "Dancing With the Stars," is used to pressure. Just not on the mound.
Lysacek threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday after practicing his mechanics with his father.
"I remember growing up, baseball games were a big part of my childhood," the 25-year-old Lysacek said. "I was training with my dad the last couple days, and it was the same things: I need to improve my follow-through, I need to take a bigger step. I feel like I'm 11 years old again. I'm nervous, I don't feel good, the pressure's on. But usually do I OK under pressure, so I'm just going to have fun. I'm honored to do this, excited to be here to watching a game."
Lysacek's playing history included some shortstop and first base.
"Never a pitcher, though," he said. "Never a pitcher."
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.