SAN FRANCISCO -- Management's decision not to call up any players from Double-A Chattanooga will provide more playing time for their callups from Triple-A Albuquerque.
"You can only play eight guys a day," manager Don Mattingly said after Chattanooga was eliminated from the playoffs Saturday night. "We've got guys here we want to make sure we look at. We don't want guys here just to sit, even though some guys are interesting down there."
While trying -- and pretty much succeeding -- in winning every game over the last few weeks, Mattingly said the trials given to the callups serve as a "jump-start" into winter decision-making "for where you have to go."
"Are these guys ready? Can they contribute? Or do we need to buy another year?" he said.
Saturday night, Mattingly won with a lineup that included five starters that spent most of the season at Triple-A, bringing great satisfaction to Lorenzo Bundy, the Albuquerque manager who also has been called up to spend time with the Major League team.
"It's really been great to see these guys take the ball and run with it," said Bundy. "Each has different challenges to improve their game, but they all have the common goal of coming here to help the club win."
The five Saturday were winning starting pitcher Dana Eveland, catcher A.J. Ellis, middle infielders Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers and outfielder Jerry Sands. Sunday's lineup included callups Gordon, Sands and infielder Russell Mitchell.
"There's been a lot of good things happen," Mattingly said of the play from the callups.
Ethier slated for knee surgery Wednesday
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier said he will have arthroscopic knee surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Dodgers team doctor Neal ElAttrache will perform the cleanup procedure, which is expected to remove loose bodies behind the kneecap that get caught in the joint. The resulting pain is believed to be at the root of Ethier's lack of power this year. ElAttrache concurred with Drs. James Andrews and Richard Steadman on the course of action.
Ethier said he will have pre-op Monday, be home for his son's birthday Tuesday, then have the surgery Wednesday and remain in Los Angeles for a week to begin rehabilitation before heading to his home in Arizona, where he will continue rehab with former Dodgers physical therapist Sue Falsone.
"It doesn't sound like it's major," said manager Don Mattingly. "This will give him the most time to have a normal offseason as far as training."
Ethier, shut down last week, is expected to be ready for Spring Training next year. He finished the season batting .292 with 11 homers, a team-high 30 doubles and 62 RBIs in 135 games and is eligible for his last season of arbitration, with free agency a year away.
Fingernail won't affect Guerra's usage
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers rookie closer Javy Guerra, who saved Saturday night's win despite a bothersome split fingernail, was not available to manager Don Mattingly on Sunday.
However, Mattingly said the reason was that Guerra had pitched on three consecutive days, not because of the fingernail.
"It doesn't affect the way I'll use him," Mattingly said. "He's been dealing with it. I don't think it changes anything."
Guerra walked the first batter he faced Saturday night on four pitches, none more than 91 mph. Mattingly said Guerra might have been "unsure" that at-bat, but his velocity increased to 94 mph as the inning progressed.
Mattingly, in fact, said Guerra cleared another hurdle in his trail to replace upcoming free-agent closer Jonathan Broxton.
"He's shown he can go three in a row," said Mattingly. "He's shown all the things you want to see. He's bounced back after a rough outing. He's gotten in trouble and gotten out of it. We've seen a lot of things going into next year that we wouldn't have known."
Mattingly said Kenley Jansen would likely be his closer Sunday.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.