08/31/10 10:38 PM ET
Torre's decision on future in holding pattern
By Evan Drellich and Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
The Dodgers' Joe Torre said on Tuesday that his plan remains to announce his decision on whether he will retire as a manager, "When we clinch or we can't."
The Dodgers entered the day at 68-64, 5 1/2 games out of the National League Wild Card. They're playing the Wild Card leader, Philadelphia, on Tuesday night in the second game of a three-game set at Dodger Stadium.
The Dodgers' finish, potentially Torre's first out of the playoffs since 1995, won't influence the decision, he said. Neither would the Dodgers' ownership situation, unless owner Frank McCourt decided he didn't want Torre back.
All along, Torre's said it's about his family and his daughter, Andrea, who started the ninth grade Tuesday.
"As far as the game itself, I still enjoy it," Torre said. "There are other things that I want to do. I want to go to my daughter's softball practice or go here or go there. I'm not going to say this gets in the way because this is a [heck] of a way to earn a living, but there's a time you're going to have to do that."
Torre again said he's not looking for other managerial opportunities. If he decided to return as manager with Los Angeles, there is an understanding of what he would be paid. If he returned in an advisory capacity in the front office, a possibility he's mentioned, specifics of that contract would have to be worked out because it would be dependent on Torre's time commitment.
Torre signed a three-year, $13 million deal with the Dodgers before the 2008 season.
Sore knee sidelines Dodgers' Theriot
LOS ANGELES -- A play before Hiroki Kuroda lost his no-hitter in the eighth inning on Monday, the Dodgers lost second baseman Ryan Theriot for at least one game.
Theriot didn't catch the full brunt of a hard but clean slide from the Phillies' Jayson Werth, who successfully broke up a potential double play, but it was enough that Theriot needed to ice his hyperextended left knee after the game. He woke up stiff and was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday.
"I thought it would be best to take the night off rather than aggravate it," trainer Stan Conte said. "We don't think anything is really seriously wrong."
Conte said no MRI was planned, but didn't rule it out. The Dodgers have a 12:10 p.m. PT start on Wednesday at Dodger Stadium after Tuesday's night game, and then an off-day Thursday, meaning Theriot might not return until Friday.
"We do MRIs when the wind changes," he said.
The Dodgers could have their starting shortstop back by the end of the week. Rafael Furcal went through a full slate of pregame activities on Tuesday, something he's done for several days, and is slated to play two rehab games for Triple-A Albuquerque, on Thursday and Friday. Furcal has missed nearly all of August because of a lower back strain.
Vicente Padilla didn't throw as many pitches as intended on Monday in his first rehab start for Class A Inland Empire because of a ball hit off his right (throwing) forearm. He threw 33 pitches in three shutout innings when the target was 45, but he pitched the third inning after he was hit by the ball in the second. Conte said Padilla wasn't bothered by his back or his neck, which put him on the DL on Aug. 16.
Catcher Russell Martin is scheduled to have a CAT scan on his right hip on Wednesday in a routine examination. The team wants to be sure that the fracture in his right hip is healing correctly, and Conte anticipates it is. Results that indicate otherwise could potentially mean surgery.
Triple-A shortstop Chin-lung Hu is recovering well and could start a rehab assignment for Rookie-level Ogden this week. He's seven weeks removed from surgery on a torn ligament in his left thumb.
Mattingly to manage seven Dodgers in AFL
LOS ANGELES -- Seven Dodgers have been named to the roster of the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League, with Dodgers hitting coach Don Mattingly managing.
The players are: right-handed pitchers Javy Guerra, Jon Link and Justin Miller; catcher Matt Wallach; infielders Ivan DeJesus and Jerry Sands; and outfielder Trayvon Robinson.
Guerra has returned from injury to go 2-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 25 relief appearances, but has 19 walks in 24 innings at Double-A Chattanooga.
Link is 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA at Triple-A Albuquerque, where he's spent most of this season after being acquired in the Juan Pierre trade. But he also has a 3.18 ERA in six appearances during five callups with the Dodgers.
Miller is 6-2 with a 2.00 ERA splitting time this season as a reliever between Single-A Midland and Double-A Chattanooga. During a call-up to Los Angeles, he was 0-0 with a 4.44 ERA 19 appearances in his first year back from elbow surgery.
Wallach, son of Albuquerque manager Tim Wallach, split time this year between Class A Inland Empire and Double-A Chattanooga, hitting a combined .267 with 11 homers and 42 RBIs.
DeJesus, rebounding from last year's broken leg, is hitting .298 with 82 runs for Triple-A Albuquerque while playing second base.
Sands, a corner infielder and Cinderella story (25th-round pick), might be the best slugger in the system. Splitting time between Class A Midland and Double-A Chattanooga, he is hitting .304 with 33 homers, 100 runs and 89 RBIs.
Robinson, who recently suffered an oblique strain, is hitting .300 with nine homers, 57 RBIs, 80 runs scored and 38 steals for Chattanooga.
Catcher Ellis to rejoin Dodgers
LOS ANGELES -- Manager Joe Torre said catcher A.J. Ellis would return once rosters expand, beginning on Wednesday, and that the Dodgers would get a little more unspecified help.
"It's probably going to be a few pitchers, a catcher and an infielder or two," Torre said.
The catcher is Ellis, who was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque a little more than a week ago when the Dodgers acquired Rod Barajas from the Mets off waivers. Right-hander Jon Link, 3-1 with a 3.81 ERA at Albuquerque, could also be brought up.
Not all September callups will necessarily arrive on Wednesday because Minor League seasons are still going.
September callups allow Major League teams to play anyone eligible on their 40-man roster. The Dodgers have one spot on their 40-man open, and an additional spot could be created if catcher Russell Martin was transferred from the 15- to 60-day disabled list. That means essentially anyone in the system could be called up, but the Dodgers aren't likely to showcase any younger prospects.
Right-hander John Ely, a big help to the Dodgers early in the season, has pitched well in his last three starts but is 5-3 with a 6.93 ERA at Albuquerque.
Infielder Juan Castro cleared waivers after he was designated for assignment on Aug. 21 and could have been a candidate to return to the Majors had he not taken a leave of absence for personal reasons.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.