DENVER -- The Dodgers have shuffled their fifth starter again, scratching Charlie Haeger from Tuesday's scheduled start before he could even be reactivated from the disabled list and returning rookie Carlos Monasterios to the starting rotation for at least one more assignment. "Haeger's foot problem hasn't gone away. We saw him limping on the video [from a Saturday appearance]," said manager Joe Torre. "We're going to just put him off." Torre had decided to insert Haeger Tuesday night and provide an extra day of rest for rookie John Ely, who has secured a regular spot in the rotation. Instead, Ely will pitch on Tuesday, followed Wednesday by Monasterios, who pitched well in a start on Friday night at Coors Field.
Haeger was sent to the DL on May 9 with a foot injury that was described as plantar fasciitis, along with an 0-4 record and 8.49 ERA. While on a rehab assignment, he sprained a big toe, and that is what currently bothers him, Torre said. The Dodgers apparently want to give Haeger at least one more start before they decide his future role with the club. "We want to get him back here to give him every opportunity to put his best foot forward, no pun intended," said Torre. "We want to give him every shot."