07/27/10 10:15 PM ET
Torre expects Dodgers deal before deadline
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
No deal appears imminent, although manager Joe Torre is convinced help will arrive by Saturday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. He said the club has focused on about 10 pitchers.
"I have a sense we'll do something," said Torre. "Ned's [General manager Ned Colletti] been talking to a number of clubs. We're all thinking pitching, but not limiting it to pitching. My guess is we'll do something. In my two years here, we have."
The Dodgers' need for a fifth starter is well documented. Because of the uncertain state of the bullpen, Torre said he would welcome a reliever, too.
"It's a toss-up for me," Torre said.
Torre would not comment on reliever Ronald Belisario beyond the club's statement Monday that he has resumed workouts at Dodger Stadium. He is on the restricted list with what reportedly are substance abuse issues. Meanwhile, Torre seems comfortable to slide rookie Kenley Jansen into Belisario's role as a power right-handed set-up man, even though he has all of two games of Major League experience.
Carlos Monasterios will start again Friday night, but the Dodgers are looking for a Saturday starter to take the place of Clayton Kershaw, who is suspended until Sunday. Torre hinted that the Saturday starter might come from outside the organization. He said he was reluctant to bring Chad Billingsley back on three days' rest, but didn't completely rule it out.
"You can't discount anybody," Torre said. "We've talked about a lot of names."
Kershaw dropped appeal because of timing
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw on Monday dropped the appeal to his five-game suspension, but on Tuesday he made it clear he still doesn't agree with it.
Kershaw said he dropped the appeal because the hearing was scheduled for Thursday. Had he lost the appeal, he would have begun serving the suspension on Friday, four games after his last start. That would have effectively made the suspension nine games.
"I don't agree with the suspension at all," he said. "It's better for the team to do it sooner than to go through the appeal and be out longer than needed."
Kershaw was suspended because umpire Adrian Johnson determined that the lefty had intentionally hit Giants outfielder Aaron Rowand with a pitch after Johnson had warned both benches when Giants starter Tim Lincecum hit Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp. No action was taken against Lincecum.
"I don't think it was handled right," said Kershaw. "I don't agree with the umpire's view of it, with a lot of stuff that happened. That's the purpose of the appeal, but I'll just have to deal with the consequences, and that's all there is to it. Five games is a little much. I don't think I should miss a start for it."
Coincidentally, Kershaw will return from his suspension to start Sunday's game, against the Giants in San Francisco. Kershaw's next start after that figures to be against the Nationals and, possibly, rookie sensation Stephen Strasburg.
"If they warn me before the game not to pitch inside, I'm still going to pitch my game," Kershaw said. "It's over now, the situation's done with and it won't come up again."
Manny to rehab in Arizona through week
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers outfielder Manny Ramirez has reported to the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex in Arizona to continue his recovery from a strained right calf.
Ramirez went on the 15-day disabled list July 17, and manager Joe Torre said his left fielder is still more than a week away from returning. Torre said Ramirez is not yet scheduled to resume game action and will remain in Arizona at least through this week.
"It's safe to say it'll be more than a week" before he plays games, Torre said. At that time he figures to need a Minor League rehab assignment.
This is the third stint on the disabled list this year for the 38-year-old Ramirez, who is hitting .317 with eight homers and 39 RBIs in 61 games. The Dodgers played their 100th game Tuesday night against the Padres.
Ethier late scratch with stomach illness
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier was a late scratch from the starting lineup Tuesday night with a nauseous stomach, the third Dodger afflicted in the past week.
Xavier Paul, already in the lineup in left field, moved to right field and Garret Anderson started in left field for the opener of the Dodgers' series with the Padres.
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