Almost one year ago the Dodgers acquired Sherrill, who was Baltimore's All-Star closer, and he allowed only two earned runs in 30 appearances.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers are back in action Thursday and Manny Ramirez is expected to return from the disabled list for the four-game series against the Cardinals.
Apparently, the club is looking at more than his Minor League rehab assignment stats -- 0-for-9 with five strikeouts -- as an indicator that the strained hamstring Ramirez suffered in San Francisco is fully healed, or as healed as Ramirez's 38-year-old legs can get.
This was Ramirez's second stint on the disabled list this year, after a strained calf muscle he suffered in April. When management felt somewhat trapped into having to re-sign Ramirez after his incredible salary-drive stretch run in 2008, a huge concern was how quickly he would age.
Apparently, the answer has been very quickly. After returning from last year's 50-game suspension, Ramirez struggled. Now he's become more of a singles hitter than the slugger he once was, but most opponents still respect his potential production that he remains an important part of the middle of the Dodgers lineup.
Xavier Paul is likely to be sent back to Albuquerque to make room for Ramirez, unless Reed Johnson's back injury turns out more serious than the club originally believed.
In other news, pitcher James McDonald is likely to get another shot at being the fifth starter and be promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque in time for Monday night's game. McDonald, who blew a chance to be the fifth starter with a poor Spring Training, has recovered from a hamstring injury and has enjoyed sudden success with the addition of a slider to his repertoire.
Manager Joe Torre has not announced McDonald as the Monday starter and said Carlos Monasterios still could get the nod. The decision might be influenced by how much the bullpen is used in St. Louis.
Brad Ausmus (6-for-12 in four rehab games) will continue his Minor League assignment, but he could rejoin the Major League club by next week and reclaim his role as backup catcher. Ausmus has made a rapid recovery from April back surgery.
The news blackout remains on reliever Ronald Belisario, who is on the restricted list. The Los Angeles Times has reported that Belisario has a substance abuse problem.