McDonald on track to start Monday for LA

McDonald on track to start Monday for LA

ST. LOUIS -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre still wasn't ready to name James McDonald his Monday night starter, but McDonald was scratched from his scheduled start Friday night for Triple-A Albuquerque and replaced by Charlie Haeger.

McDonald, who recently returned to action after recovering from a strained hamstring, will be making his first Major League appearance this year.

"Nobody has told me it's official," said Torre, "but chances are pretty good he'll be the starter on Monday.

McDonald has developed a slider that has been credited for his recent improvement.