Bat could be on Dodgers' trade wish list

Bat could be on Dodgers' trade wish list

LOS ANGELES -- Pitching remains a priority for the Dodgers as they approach the non-waiver Trade Deadline, but acquiring a hitter became a little more important Tuesday.

Manny Ramirez's third trip to the disabled list of the season Tuesday gave the Dodgers added reason to go after a bat, a baseball source said.

"Now with Manny down 'til who knows, three-plus weeks, whatever it's going to be, you may all of a sudden be in the market for more stuff," manager Joe Torre said. "I know that Ned has been on the phone and continues to be on the phone and hopefully we have some options and it makes sense. But my guess is we'll do something."

Ramirez is on the DL retroactive to Saturday with a right calf strain. The Dodgers have been without a stable fifth starter for almost all of the season, aside from brief glimpses from John Ely, and three pieces of the bullpen -- Ronald Belisario (who is on the restricted list and reportedly seeking substance-abuse treatment), George Sherrill and Ramon Troncoso -- have not worked out as expected.