Heat greets Dodgers in muggy St. Louis

Heat greets Dodgers in muggy St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Joe Torre looked at the 95-degree reading on the Busch Stadium thermometer.

"It's tough to breathe," said the Dodgers manager, who played six years across the street on AstroTurf at the old Busch Stadium. "I didn't realize that when I was 29 playing here."

Nonetheless -- with humidity added in for a heat index of 105 and a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service -- Torre put his team through a full workout on Thursday hours before it resumed play for the second half with the opener of a four-game series with the Cardinals.

"You don't want them coming on the field at 5:30 after being off three days," said Torre. "It would be the fifth inning before they realize something's going on. It's just to shake out the cobwebs."

The workout was mandatory for everybody except the four Dodgers All-Stars -- Andre Ethier, Jonathan Broxton, Hong-Chih Kuo and Rafael Furcal -- and starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw. Broxton and Kuo showed up anyway.

"We did infield and outfield, then PFP [pitchers fielding practice], which was hysterical," said Torre. "Kuo was the first guy on the mound. I think he put himself there. He made the throw and got a round of applause. That was hysterical."

Kuo was the only National League pitcher to allow a run, which was unearned because of his errant throw to first base.

Torre said he would consider giving catcher Russell Martin and outfielder Manny Ramirez Sunday off.