Barring trade, Ely likely to get call Saturday

Barring trade, Ely likely to get call Saturday

SAN DIEGO -- Assuming the Dodgers do not acquire a starting pitcher in the next two days, manager Joe Torre said Triple-A Albuquerque's John Ely "seems to have the inside track" on being the starting pitcher Saturday in San Francisco.

"He's been alerted to be available," Torre said.

Of course, the Dodgers are hoping they can acquire a veteran starter before Saturday's Trade Deadline and, even better, before Saturday's start. Torre said he will announce a starter Thursday.

He said Chad Billingsley, who pitched six scoreless innings Tuesday night against the Padres, "came in and threw his hat in the ring" to start Saturday on three days' rest. Torre didn't completely rule it out, but sounded hesitant.

"I said I like you where you are right now," Torre said. "Starting pitchers are in a routine. We'll do whatever makes the most sense. We're pitching so well, I'm not sure I want to disrupt it."