DENVER -- The Dodgers' fifth-starter shell game continued Saturday, with manager Joe Torre saying that knuckleballer Charlie Haeger will likely be activated from the disabled list to start Tuesday night against Arizona.
Haeger, 0-4 as the fifth starter, has been on the disabled list with plantar fasciitis and has made three rehab starts for Class A Inland Empire. The decision means that Carlos Monasterios, who allowed two earned runs in five innings at Coors Field on Friday night, will return to the bullpen.
"Right now my first thought is to give [John] Ely an extra day, and to do that, the fifth pitcher would start Tuesday, which couldn't be Monasterios," Torre said, because Monasterios would be coming back on short rest to pitch Tuesday.
"I'm leaning toward Haeger at this time and after that we'll decide. The most important thing for me is to make sure Ely stays there right now. I did this [give an extra day rest] with [Clayton] Kershaw and we're doing it tonight with [Hiroki] Kuroda. To do that, we need the fifth guy Tuesday and that takes Monasterios out of the mix. There's nothing wrong with Ely [physically]."
Torre called Ely "a godsend" who has come out of nowhere to become the fourth starter in the rotation. He said he was aware that Ely had come to the organization from the White Sox in the Juan Pierre trade and the first time he saw him pitch was in Spring Training when he went to watch Russell Martin play in a Minor League game during his recovery from a strained groin muscle.
"It looked like he had a live body," said Torre. "He got the ball and threw it, a refreshing change from a lot of pitchers now. He hasn't had a bad outing. He has been a godsend."