Torre balances time for callups, playoff run

Torre balances time for callups, playoff run

SAN DIEGO -- Manager Joe Torre was talking about how he would get his September callups playing time and soon he was fending off questions about giving up on the Dodgers' long-shot playoff bid.

"No, not yet," Torre said. "We're playing this club [San Diego] and we obviously need to go out and still play hard and hope it's good enough."

Realistically, the Dodgers need a miracle for either a National League West title or Wild Card berth. That said, Torre wants to take a look at some of his recent callups, including the latest one, outfielder Trent Oeltjen.

"This is an opportunity to look at some people and see what we see," he said. "The last 20-something games, we can try to get an idea of what's there. We'll get some guys some starting assignments. Just because we play [John] Lindsey or [Russ] Mitchell doesn't mean we can't win a ballgame. We're not doing wholesale stuff."

Lindsey and Mitchell are looking to make their Major League debuts. The other callups -- Oeltjen, John Ely, Jon Link, Chin-lung Hu and A.J. Ellis -- have previously played in the Major Leagues.