LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have had discussions about bringing up 22-year-old right-hander Kenley Jansen, but have passed on him thus far because the reliever has been limited to single-inning appearances.
Jansen is 5-1 with a 1.35 ERA in 28 appearances between Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga. He's averaging nearly 15 strikeouts per nine innings.
"We've talked about him -- I really liked his personality in the spring," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I think at some point this year you'll probably see him. I may be talking out of school there, but we've talked enough about him that I think by September, if not before."
Left-hander Scott Elbert is in Arizona playing catch, Torre and Dodgers bullpen coach Ken Howell said. Elbert was given permission to leave Triple-A Albuquerque in June after he was apparently unhappy with a demotion from the big leagues and has not pitched in a Minor League game since.
"He's been playing catch in Arizona," Howell said. "I spoke with him once, as far as I know he's just taking it one day at a time, going slow. That's where they're at right now."
Howell said there was nothing physically hindering Elbert.
Belisario absent from Dodgers again
LOS ANGELES -- No more light was shed on Ronald Belisario's situation on Thursday, one day after the Dodgers reliever was placed on the restricted list for personal reasons.
Belisario again was not at the stadium, and Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he was just as in the dark Thursday as he was on Wednesday.
"Not really," Torre said when he asked if he wanted to know what was going on. "Because if I do, I got to tell you guys. If somebody feels I need to know then I'll know. As long as they don't feel I need to know that's fine with me."
Torre said he was treating Belisario's absence like an injury, with plans to have Jeff Weaver assume some late-inning duties, and hopes for Travis Schlichting, George Sherrill and the recently demoted Ramon Troncoso to pick up the slack.
"I'm looking at it as an injury right now," Torre said. "He's on the DL as far as I'm concerned."
ESPN Los Angeles reported on Wednesday that Belisario's agent, Paul Kinzer, said Belisario was dealing with "anxiety." Kinzer answered his cellphone for MLB.com on Thursday but was unavailable.
Players on the restricted list don't count toward the team's 40-man roster and can be kept their for a maximum of 30 days.
Manny to rehab with Class A Inland Empire
LOS ANGELES -- Manny Ramirez will begin a rehab assignment as a DH with Class A Inland Empire on Saturday and should be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Thursday.
Ramirez is on the disabled list retroactive to June 30 with a right hamstring strain. Torre did not know how many rehab games Ramirez would play.
"Whatever he needs, he hasn't been gone that much to really concern myself and the fact, you know, I think he just needs to take whatever he can take. It's probably not going to be enough, it's a timing thing. I think he'll gain most of that when he comes back," said Torre.
Torre said earlier in the week he preferred Ramirez rehab with Triple-A Albuquerque but was leaving the decision to Ramirez.
Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus on Wednesday went 1-for-2 with a walk for Inland Empire in his first rehab appearance since back surgery in April. Torre said Ausmus' rehab will be unique because he's preparing to come back as a backup. "My guess is he's going to need every bit of what they'll give him," Torre said.
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers entered Thursday in third place in the National League West by a half-game after the Rockies won their fourth in a row, 4-2, over the Cardinals. "They are tough," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said of the Rockies. "We've had success, we've played well against them, but they've got that one kid [Ubaldo Jimenez] who pitched today that's pretty special. I turned on the game, it was about the eighth inning, he had thrown 84 pitches. That's pretty special ... They have a lot of belief in themselves." ... Torre said both Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens could help his club, but in no way intimated there were conversations, serious or otherwise, taking place about the to-be Hall of Famers joining the team. "They're both great pitchers, no question," Torre said. ... LeBron James' announcement that he would sign with the Miami Heat was broadcast live on DodgerVision as the Cubs finished batting practice. Torre said James' decision wasn't "one of my priorities these days."
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.