BOSTON -- Rule 5 rookie Carlos Monasterios said he was surprised to be placed on the Dodgers' disabled list Saturday with a finger blister. "It doesn't really affect me," he said. "It doesn't bother me to throw." Speaking through interpreter Kenji Nimura, Monasterios said he has had blood blisters on his index finger in the Minor Leagues, but said he didn't know anything about a broken nail club officials also spoke of Saturday, when he was placed on the 15-day DL.
"I just have to respect the decision of the manager," he said. "Once I come off the DL, I hope to pitch as normal as I was. They want me to take care of it and make sure everything is healed." Manager Joe Torre was not surprised at Monasterios' comments. "He probably could pitch with it," Torre said. "We told him this gives him a chance to get this thing well, and when he comes off the list it won't be an issue. I've given him the excuse it contributed to him not doing well. He thinks he can pitch with it. That's fine. Is it there or not there? It's not like we made up something. It's there." Monasterios allowed one home run when carefully used in 11 relief appearances covering 19 1/3 innings the first two months of this season. But in six starts covering 26 2/3 innings, he's been taken deep seven times, five of them in his last three starts. The eight homers allowed lead the staff. "I've been behind in counts lately and then I end up pitching close to the plate, and that's what happens," he said of the home runs. "It's something I have to work on."