LOS ANGELES -- Used as a spot starter earlier in the season when the Dodgers were down to three regulars in the rotation, right-hander Carlos Monasterios was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday and will be used as a long man.
The rookie Rule 5 Draft pick was out since June 19 with a blister on his throwing hand. Monasterios could have come off the disabled list sooner but he had thrown three innings in his last rehab start at Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. A spot came free for Monasterios when Ronald Belisario was placed on the restricted list for "personal reasons."
While it's unknown how long Belisario will be out, his absence puts more pressure on Jeff Weaver, who was previously the long reliever but has also been effective in middle relief, and Travis Schlicting, whom manager Joe Torre said would have been demoted had it not been for the circumstances that have landed Belisario on the Restricted List. Belisario should his usefulness as a long man with three innings of one-hit relief on Monday.
"We have [Justin] Miller, who can give us innings -- he has experience," Torre said. "You have Weaver, who probably now with Belisario out will take more of that late-inning stuff from him as the experience guy there."
Schlichting, who let up a run in his second inning of work on Tuesday night, said he was glad for the opportunity. "I didn't know anything that was go on [with Belisario] until BP. Any chance I can get up here is a big experience for me and big for me just to get, you know, more comfortable and used to the atmosphere. I feel like a lot has changed from last year to this year just in the way I feel being here."