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Dodgers hope Ely steps up for No. 5 spot

Dodgers hope Ely steps up for No. 5 spot

LOS ANGELES -- Carlos Monasterios started in the fifth spot in the Dodgers' rotation on Saturday after righty James McDonald didn't impress enough the turn before. Manager Joe Torre said anyone who can grab the spot by the reins can have it -- but he has his eye on Triple-A Albuquerque, where John Ely is straightening out.

"Right now, we're still waiting for Ely to sort of re-emerge, because I think we've seen enough of him to like what we saw," Torre said. "He needed to go down and sort of get himself back in order."

Ely was scheduled to start on Friday, but was scratched after a ball hit him on the leg during batting practice. Ely has made one start since he was demoted -- a seven-inning, three-run performance.


"That's pretty tough to hit him because he hardly stands still," Torre said of Ely, who's fidgety.