06/25/10 9:40 PM ET
Dodgers call up Link; Haeger DFA'd
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
Torre continues cautious approach with Kuo
LOS ANGELES -- One reason for the Dodgers' seemingly daily bullpen roster moves is the reluctance to jeopardize the health of left-handed setup reliever Hong-Chih Kuo.Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker last week said Kuo (1.25 ERA) deserves to be an All-Star, an indication of how valuable Kuo has become. And because he's so valuable, manager Joe Torre continues to treat the Taiwanese native like fine China. "I'm not going to use him back-to-back," Torre said before Friday night's game against the Yankees. Kuo pitched two-thirds of an inning on Thursday night in Anaheim, after a warmup that was interrupted for 20 minutes by a light failure -- so Torre said he would not be used Friday night. To help alleviate Kuo's absence, the Dodgers recalled reliever Jon Link and designated for assignment knuckleballer Charlie Haeger on Friday night. Kuo, who has had four elbow operations -- including two Tommy John reconstructions -- spent the first three weeks of the season on the disabled list. He allowed one run in his first appearance of the year and one more over the next 21. He has not allowed a hit to 24 left-handed batters (12 strikeouts) this season and the opposition's average against him is .122, with 27 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings. Torre has not used Kuo on consecutive days this year. He did it four times last year.
Double-A skipper to coach Futures Game
LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Subero, manager of the Dodgers' Double-A affiliate at Chattanooga, has been named as a coach of the World Team in the 2010 XM Futures Game, to be played Sunday, June 11, at Angel Stadium.An infielder in his Minor League playing days, the 38-year-old Subero managed in the Rangers' and White Sox Minor League organizations before taking over the Dodgers' Class A affiliate at Inland Empire in 2009. Dodgers farmhands Dee Gordon (U.S. Team) and Pedro Baez (World Team) earlier were named to player rosters for the game.
Billingsley, Monasterios remain on track
LOS ANGELES -- Rehabbing Dodgers pitchers Chad Billingsley and Carlos Monasterios remain on track to return to the staff from their respective injuries.For Billingsley, that is likely to be Monday for a start in San Francisco. Tested Thursday in a simulated game and strenuous defensive drills, Billingsley reported no next-day discomfort on Friday in the tight groin muscle that sent him to the sidelines June 12. He is eligible to return on Sunday, but that is now Clayton Kershaw's regular day to start and manager Joe Torre said he did not want to give Kershaw an extra day off. Meanwhile, Monasterios had a full bullpen session on Friday and reported no problem with his finger blister, which isn't a surprise, because he's insisted all along that the blister never bothered him while pitching. Regardless, Monasterios was placed on the disabled list to make room for the return of Vicente Padilla last weekend. Monasterios is eligible to be activated on July 4, and he's expected to return to the bullpen, where he opened the season as a Rule 5 rookie.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.