LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre on Wednesday said he would give rookie Carlos Monasterios one more start Sunday before possibly returning the job to Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla.
By giving Monasterios the start against the Angels, combined with days off Thursday and next Monday, Torre could fulfill a desire to give extra rest to rookie John Ely, as well as to veteran Hiroki Kuroda. However, if Torre leaves the rotation the same, Clayton Kershaw would be pitching on two extra days' rest, which is not ideal.
"I want to see tonight how tough it is for Kershaw to decide if we'll bring him back [early]," said Torre. "We still have to decide on Kuroda or Kershaw for Tuesday and Wednesday. By the weekend, I'll tell you something."
With the days off, the Dodgers wouldn't need a fifth starter until Friday in Boston at the earliest, and could wait until Saturday.
Meanwhile, Padilla came out of his second rehab start Tuesday night at Class A Inland Empire with no discomfort from the inflamed radial nerve that put him on the disabled list on April 23. The Dodgers are likely to move him up to better competition with Triple-A Albuquerque on Sunday before activating him.