06/12/10 10:36 PM ET
Haeger takes loss in Class A rehab start
By Evan Drellich / MLB.com
Haeger also took the loss in Rancho Cucamonga's 5-0 victory over the 66ers.
Haeger (0-4, 8.53) struck out 12 in his first big league start of the season but has been dismal since. This is his second trip on the disabled list: While recovering from a heel injury that put him on the DL for the first time on May 9, he suffered turf toe in his right big toe. He made one appearance after returning from his first DL stint, on June 5 against the Braves, but he allowed two runs in as many innings and the team felt he rushed himself back.
Haeger was sent back to the disabled list on June 7, a day before reliever George Sherrill returned from it. He is out of options and would have to clear waivers to be sent to the Minors.
Weavers could be on same mound Sunday
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre said reliever Jeff Weaver could very well pitch Sunday in a game his brother, Jered, is scheduled to start for the Angels, but he won't make an extra effort to match the two.
"I'm not saying he won't be in," Torre said. "If it's an important situation, Jeff's going to get in the game."
Last June, the Weaver brothers started against one another, the first pitching matchup between brothers since Andy and Alan Benes squared off in 2002. The Dodgers won, 6-4.
Manny, DeWitt sit vs. Kazmir; Carroll starts
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez and second baseman Blake DeWitt both sat Saturday against Angels left-hander Scott Kazmir.
Ramirez is 7-for-44 with 14 strikeouts in his career against Kazmir, whom Ramirez saw more frequently when both were in the American League East. DeWitt, a left-handed hitter, is 8-for-30 against southpaws this season with seven strikeouts, but manager Joe Torre said he was more interested in getting Jamey Carroll in the lineup than keeping DeWitt away from Kazmir.
"I'm just getting Jamey Carroll a game, and Kazmir's numbers against left-handers aren't very good," Torre said. "Manny's fine, I'm playing him tomorrow."
Left-handers, surprisingly, are hitting .457 off Kazmir this season. He's held them to a .234 average in his career. Ramirez has struggled on the Dodgers' homestead, going 8-for-35, but five of those hits are for extra bases, two for home runs.
Torre said he would ask third baseman Casey Blake and shortstop Rafael Furcal if they wanted to rest Sunday in a day game after a night game, but the Dodgers have their second day off in five days Monday.
Torre said he talked to catcher Russell Martin about taking Saturday off, but Martin, as has happened several times this season, convinced Torre he was good to go. Martin missed two games at the start of the week because he was banged up. Martin will likely play Sunday.
Dodgers get break from Matsui
LOS ANGELES -- Saturday was Angels slugger Hideki Matsui's 36th birthday, but he was not in the lineup after starting in left field on Friday. Matsui has homered on each of his previous two birthdays, both with the Yankees: He hit a three-run homer against the Mets in 2009, and in 2008 he hit a grand slam in Oakland.
"I am happy except he's lurking over there, that's the bad side of a regular not playing," Torre said of his player of five years with the Yankees. "You know he's over there haunting you. You know how I feel about him, he's very easy to like and very easy to respect and I'm glad he's at best going to get one at-bat tonight."
Torre didn't know, though, of Matsui's long-ball prowess on his special day.
"He hit home runs on his last two birthdays?" Torre said. "Well I'll walk him intentionally. Obviously it wasn't in Mike [Scioscia's] scouting report either -- he's not playing."
Lindsey goes on Triple-A disabled list
LOS ANGELES -- Pacific Coast League batting leader and 16-year Minor League veteran John Lindsey went on the disabled list on Friday with a strained calf he suffered on June 4.
Lindsey, who isn't on the Dodgers' 40-man roster and therefore has not been a strong candidate for a callup this season, was batting .405 with 10 home runs and 44 RBIs in 49 games for Triple-A Albuquerque. The 33-year-old, who has never been to the Majors, was drafted by the Rockies in 13th round out of high school in the 1995 First-Year Player Draft.
Lindsey had previously played in the Dodgers system in 2007 and 2008.
Justin Sellers was called up from Class A Inland Empire to replace Lindsey.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.