No deal appears imminent, although manager Joe Torre is convinced help will arrive by Saturday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. He said the club has focused on about 10 pitchers.
"I have a sense we'll do something," said Torre. "Ned's [General manager Ned Colletti] been talking to a number of clubs. We're all thinking pitching, but not limiting it to pitching. My guess is we'll do something. In my two years here, we have."
The Dodgers' need for a fifth starter is well documented. Because of the uncertain state of the bullpen, Torre said he would welcome a reliever, too.
"It's a toss-up for me," Torre said.
Torre would not comment on reliever Ronald Belisario beyond the club's statement Monday that he has resumed workouts at Dodger Stadium. He is on the restricted list with what reportedly are substance abuse issues. Meanwhile, Torre seems comfortable to slide rookie Kenley Jansen into Belisario's role as a power right-handed set-up man, even though he has all of two games of Major League experience.
Carlos Monasterios will start again Friday night, but the Dodgers are looking for a Saturday starter to take the place of Clayton Kershaw, who is suspended until Sunday. Torre hinted that the Saturday starter might come from outside the organization. He said he was reluctant to bring Chad Billingsley back on three days' rest, but didn't completely rule it out.
"You can't discount anybody," Torre said. "We've talked about a lot of names."