08/18/12 7:18 PM ET
Despite struggles, Belisario staying in setup role
By Ken Gurnick / MLB.com
But manager Don Mattingly said Belisario is still his eighth-inning setup man.
"I'm already mixing and matching in the seventh," Mattingly said. "Once you start that in the eighth, it's like flipping coins. We know what we're doing in the ninth [Kenley Jansen]. Belly is throwing the ball good."
Mattingly somewhat defended the key matchup in the eighth inning on Friday, when he let Belisario face left-handed hitter Jason Heyward instead of bringing in lefty Randy Choate, and Heyward tied the game with a single.
"He didn't get it where he wanted it," Mattingly said. "He's been hit or miss a little, but he bounced right back."
Elbert awaits activation after rejoining Dodgers
ATLANTA -- Dodgers reliever Scott Elbert rejoined the club Saturday but won't be activated from the disabled list until Sunday or Monday, manager Don Mattingly said.
Elbert, who was out with left elbow inflammation, pitched three times in four games, striking out all six batters he faced in a Minor League rehab assignment for Double-A Chattanooga. Because he pitched Thursday and Friday, he was not available Saturday.
Barring a trade or somebody coming up injured, the Dodgers will have a difficult roster decision to make when Elbert returns.
If they stick with seven relievers, rookie Shawn Tolleson could be optioned back to Triple-A, although he has allowed only two hits in the last 28 at-bats over 10 scoreless outings.
Jamey Wright is the closest thing to a long reliever that the Dodgers have, even though his 4.08 ERA is nearly a full run higher than last year. Brandon League has been erratic since his Deadline acquisition.
The club also could go with an eight-man bullpen and option utility man Elian Herrera back to Triple-A.
Hanley accused of peeking back at Braves' Ross
ATLANTA -- During his 11th-inning at-bat that ended in a single Friday night, Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez and Braves catcher David Ross had a brief but serious discussion at the plate.
Ross accused Ramirez of sneaking a peek at the catcher's positioning before a pitch. Ramirez said he was just adjusting his position in the batter's box. Ross told Ramirez not to do it again.
"I thought that's what that was about," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "You can feel a guy moving back there. Sometimes they are heavy-footed late in a game. Sometimes you can catch it out of the corner of your eye. And usually, if the guy gives you the location, he gives you the pitch."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.