04/21/10 7:50 PM ET
Torre makes trek to Churchill Downs
By Jeff Wallner / Special to MLB.com
Torre was checking on his Kentucky Derby entrant, Homeboykris -- a likely participant in the May 1 Run for the Roses.
"It was a lot of fun," said Torre. "He breezed for six furlongs. I don't think anyone can pass him in earnings, so it looks good."
Torre had a horse in the 2005 Kentucky Oaks, but he's never had a starter in the Derby, a rare achievement for any horse owner.
"I think he has a chance, but you never want to get too excited," Torre said. "With a horse, anything can happen."
Torre said he placed a future bet on Homeboykris in December.
Torre tries to reassure Billingsley
CINCINNATI -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre met with struggling right-hander Chad Billingsley prior to Wednesday night's game at Great American Ball Park.
Billingsley lasted just three innings in Tuesday's 11-9 loss to the Reds, allowing seven runs (four earned) on seven hits. He also made a costly throwing error during a six-run second inning.
Billingsley is 1-0 with a 7.07 ERA in three starts.
Following the game, Billingsley said he felt his location was good in Tuesday's outing and that he was making quality pitches. Torre disagreed.
"You don't get hit like that if you make good pitches," said Torre. "If you do, we have a problem. We just need to get better. We talked about some things today."
Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt suggested that Billingsley might be a bit too predictable right now. Torre said Billingsley isn't trusting all of his pitches.
"He throws his cutter a lot," said Torre. "You can't rely on one pitch too much. His success has been his ability to use all of his pitches."
Torre said he has no plans to push Billingsley back in the rotation and that he will make his scheduled start on Sunday in Washington.
"We just need a better result during his time on the mound," Torre said. "He's feeling for it out there. I know it bothers him. He's a fine young man with a good heart. It's a matter of trusting himself."
Belisario returns from restricted list
CINCINNATI -- As expected, Dodgers right-hander Ronald Belisario was reinstated from the restricted list and activated on Wednesday.
Belisario, who was five weeks late reporting to camp due to visa issues, will be a welcome addition to the Dodgers' beleaguered bullpen.
Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Belisario is in excellent shape physically.
"He should be fine," Torre said. "I know he's excited to be back. He could go back-to-back [days] unless his pitch count is up."
Belisario, who has been working out at the Dodgers' Spring Training complex in Arizona, enjoyed a breakout rookie season in 2009, going 4-3 with a 2.04 ERA in 69 games.
Belisario learned of his impending activation on Monday and joined the team in Cincinnati a few hours before Wednesday night's game against the Reds.
"We've been just talking about what I have to do," Belisario said. "I'm pretty excited to be back. I've tried to prepare myself."
Jon Link, who made his big league debut with two scoreless innings of relief in Tuesday night's loss, was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room for Belisario.
Waiting game for Kuo's return from DL
CINCINNATI -- The wait continues for Dodgers left-hander Hong-Chih Kuo, who might not be reinstated from the disabled list until the end of the week.
Kuo threw another bullpen session on Wednesday, and the reports again were positive.
"He felt good," said Dodgers manager Joe Torre. "Here in the next couple of days we'll probably activate him. We just want to be sure."
Kuo's return will necessitate an additional roster move. Torre didn't bite when asked who might be moved.
"We have a couple of options," he said. "I don't know for sure. It's not that I don't want to tell you. I simply don't know yet."
CINCINNATI -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre was still glowing over his club's offensive outburst in Tuesday night's 11-9 loss to the Reds, in which they rallied from a six-run deficit after five innings. "The 'No Quit' attitude is what I'm most proud of," Torre said. "Early in the game, it was ugly. But we knew back in Spring Training that we would score runs."
Jeff Wallner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.