Torre's bullpen a work in progress

Torre's bullpen a work in progress

MIAMI -- Manager Joe Torre said that he's still "trying to organize" his bullpen. What he didn't say was that as soon as he does, it figures to change.

Ronald Belisario threw an 18-pitch inning in his first extended spring training game in Arizona on Friday.

"His velocity was good and his arm was working fine, but he was a little rusty," said pitching coach Rick Honeycutt, who indicated that Belisario could need a half-dozen games before he is ready to be activated after missing five weeks of Spring Training because of visa problems.

Hong-Chih Kuo will test his elbow with a bullpen session on Sunday. Kuo is returning slowly, and there is no estimated timetable for his return.

Torre is sure about Jonathan Broxton as his closer, but not much else. In the past two games, he's asked Jeff Weaver to get the Dodgers out of jams with runners on base, which he's done successfully. Last year, Weaver was a long reliever swingman.

Russ Ortiz seems to have that long reliever role now. Torre still wants to use George Sherrill in the eighth inning, although he said that if left-handed hitters are due up in the seventh, Sherrill might appear then.

"We'll try to find the dangerous inning," he said.

Ramon Troncoso seems to have inherited Belisario's setup role. Ramon Ortiz's role is yet to be defined, and Rule 5 pick Carlos Monasterios hasn't earned the right to pitch with the game on the line yet, but Torre said he was impressed with the way Monasterios was not rattled when a popup dropped untouched with runners on base on Thursday. Monasterios retired the next two batters to put down the rally.