Notes: Billingsley not yet ready to start

Notes: Billingsley not yet ready to start

MILWAUKEE -- It's still not known who will start Friday when the Dodgers play the Mets at Shea Stadium on Friday night, but it won't be Chad Billingsley.

Billingsley will miss his second consecutive start with a strained oblique muscle.

"It will be next week before he's able to pitch," manager Grady Little said.

The team will choose between Aaron Sele, Hong-Chih Kuo and Eric Stults, recalled Monday from Triple-A Las Vegas, to start the game against the team with the best record in the National League, Little said.

"We're going to go with whomever we feel matches up best against the Mets," Little said. "We know the stuff that they feature and we know the hitters that the Mets have. It will be an educated guess after that."

Little said he had no hesitation in giving either Stults or Kuo their first Major League start in the nation's media capital.

"We've done our share of that throughout the season this year, and more cases than not it's worked out pretty good," Little said. "We've also had several situations this year where the opposing teams have brought totally strange pitchers in to face us and they've pitched well."

Little said pitchers making their first starts often have an advantage.

"As long as the kid is throwing strikes, we've got a chance because he's not going to be very familiar to the opposing hitters," he said.

Three added to roster: The team added three pitchers to the roster Monday, bolstering the bullpen.

Left-handers Stults and Tim Hamulack were recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas, while right-hander Giovanni Carrara had his contract purchased from Class A Vero Beach.

Hamulack and Carrara have split time between the Dodgers and the Minor Leagues this year. Stults was a starter in the minors and has not appeared in a Major League game.

Hamulack is 0-2 with a 5.90 ERA in 27 appearances, while Carrara is 0-1 with a 4.81 ERA and one save for the Dodgers this year.

Little said a couple more players could be added either Monday night or Tuesday.

Brazoban travels: Reliever Yhency Brazoban traveled to Milwaukee, rejoining the club on the road for the first time since having "Tommy John" nerve replacement surgery on his right elbow in April.

"He's just now beginning his throwing," Little said. "He'll do that for the remainder of the season, and hopefully he'll be ready to go at Spring Training."

Brazoban is throwing short distances, not off a mound yet.

"It's a long process coming after that 'Tommy John' surgery," Little said. "We'll see how it goes."

Short takes: Nomar Garciaparra, Jeff Kent and Russell Martin, all starters given the day off Sunday, returned to the starting lineup Monday against the Brewers. ... Going into the three-game series with Milwaukee, the Dodgers led the all-time series, 40-18. ... Marlon Anderson has three hits in his first four at-bats with the Dodgers.

Coming up: Mark Hendrickson (5-14, 4.29 ERA) will face the Brewers for the first time in his career when the teams play the second game of the series at 7:05 p.m. CT on Tuesday. Left-hander Doug Davis (9-9, 5.18 ERA) will pitch for Milwaukee. The Dodgers are 15-13 against left-handed starters this season.