LOS ANGELES -- Reliever Jeff Weaver doesn't necessarily need to go on a rehab assignment, but it's a luxury the Dodgers can afford at the moment.
Weaver, out since Aug. 3 with tendinitis in his left knee, is slated to return to the team on Aug. 30 after two rehab appearances for Class A Inland Empire this week. The right-hander is to throw a bullpen session at Dodger Stadium on Sunday before heading to San Bernardino, where he's scheduled to throw one inning on Tuesday and then another on Friday or Saturday.
It was possible that Weaver could have returned without rehabbing as soon as Saturday had the Dodgers needed help in the bullpen. But fill-in starter Carlos Monasterios gave the Dodgers just enough on Friday that Weaver wasn't immediately needed. He remains available if an injury or another need arises.
"He might as well go out and throw to hitters," manager Joe Torre said. "He's there if we happen to get a case of the shorts."
Weaver, who turns 34 on Sunday, is 5-1 with a 5.35 ERA in 37 innings this season.