Manny out of Dodgers lineup due to matchup
Torre sits slugger because of Ubaldo, not waiver claim
DENVER -- Manny Ramirez was not in the Dodgers' lineup Friday night after not starting Thursday, but it had nothing to do with waivers or trades, according to manager Joe Torre.
"He hasn't played that much and [Rockies starter Ubaldo] Jimenez is tough," said Torre. "And he's 1-for-13 with six strikeouts against him."
So Torre started Scott Podsednik (who had never faced Jimenez) in Coors Field's spacious left field and Torre didn't sound concerned about giving Ramirez only one start in the three-game series.
"I don't do day games after night games with him," Torre said. "Probably not. My guess is yes [starting Saturday]."
Torre said he wasn't as worried about pushing Ramirez after three stints on the disabled list with right leg injuries as he was his overall "inactivity for a couple months. But Manny's had a couple injuries on the calf and [covering ground in left field] is a factor. All that stuff goes into it."
Torre said he spoke to Ramirez twice Friday about not starting and "it made sense to him." But Torre said he had not spoken to Ramirez about recent reports of being put on waivers and claimed by the White Sox.
"I haven't. Not that I'm staying away from it," he said. "I may go up and talk and try to gauge his state of mind. He seems comfortable to me."
Colletti mum on White Sox claim on Manny
DENVER -- MLB rules prevent club officials from discussing waiver transactions, so Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti could not confirm or even talk about reports that outfielder Manny Ramirez had been claimed off waivers by the White Sox.
What Colletti did say is that as long as he believes the Dodgers are in contention for a postseason berth, he's "not inclined" to deal away key players.
"That's where I'm at," Colletti said Friday. "We need every contributing good player we can have."
Asked if Ramirez falls into that category, Colletti said "Yes."
Should the Dodgers continue winning after sweeping a three-game series in Milwaukee, chances of Ramirez being moved dwindle. An on-the-field reversal against the Rockies, however, could hasten his departure.
"My thoughts will be fluid from now until the end," Colletti said. "I think we're playing pretty good. I like the intensity, I like the results."
However, Colletti would not discuss reports that the club has the framework of a trade with the White Sox in place. He said he has not asked any player to waive a no-trade clause at this time. Speaking "generically," he said no-trade clauses are addressed after the teams have reached agreement.
Manager Joe Torre said he was comfortable that management remains committed to winning.
"We're trying to win," he said. "We're not looking to jump ship, or whatever expression you want to use. We're close enough right now, if we continue playing hard-nosed as we have the last couple of days, we're not giving up the thought of the postseason. Ned's not talking about next year, but how to help the club right now."
Carroll playing with possible broken finger
DENVER -- As if his play filling in for the injured Rafael Furcal isn't impressive enough, shortstop Jamey Carroll's been doing it with a suspected broken finger.
The break is not confirmed because Carroll hasn't had it X-rayed, because he doesn't want to know if the tip of the index finger on his throwing hand actually is broken.
"It doesn't matter if it is or not," said Carroll. "It looks broken, but you just deal with it. I don't think it affects me. It just looks funny."
Carroll said he suffered the injury taking ground balls on Aug. 3, the day Furcal was disabled with a lower back strain. He said he doesn't tape the injury, having broken the tip of the middle finger in the past and found the tape didn't help.
"It's no big deal," he said, downplaying the pain. "At this time of the year, everybody is banged up and hurt some place or other."
Carroll has committed only four errors in 489 innings at shortstop this year, having started 55 games. In August, he's hit .315 and leads the club with a .412 on-base percentage. Overall he's hitting .284 in 112 games.
Dodgers get positive news on Furcal, Padilla
DENVER -- Manager Joe Torre gave upbeat injury updates on shortstop Rafael Furcal and starting pitcher Vicente Padilla.
"Raffy had a great day today," Torre said. "He was running and tomorrow he takes ground balls. He's been hitting. He was about as good and as upbeat as he sounded in a while, [trainer] Stan [Conte] said. We're hopeful over the next couple days if he continues to progress, we'll see him Monday at home and maybe at some point next week we'll send him to rehab."
Furcal has been out since Aug. 3 with a lower back strain. Padilla has been out since Aug. 16 with a bulging disk in his neck.
"He threw a bullpen today," Torre said of Padilla. "If that turns out to his liking, it's reasonable to think he's close."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.