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Dodgers expecting more from bullpen

Dodgers expecting more from bullpen

LOS ANGELES -- The entire Dodgers bullpen crew was called into a meeting with manager Joe Torre after batting practice Wednesday. Dodgers relievers have a composite 5.68 ERA.

"Right now, we need to get our bullpen straightened out," Torre said before the meeting. "We need an idea when we go down there what to expect. Right now, we're not sure."

General manager Ned Colletti went further.

"It's upside down out there right now," said Colletti. "You can't fall behind at-bat after at-bat and expect to succeed. Very few ever have. And probably what irritates me even more is getting ahead and not putting away. And it's not just the first week of the season. It's been like that for a while."

Reinforcements Hong-Chih Kuo and Ronald Belisario could be arriving soon. Kuo, out with his typical elbow woes, will make a Minor League rehab appearance Thursday night for Class A Inland Empire, starting and throwing one inning. If that goes well, he could be activated on the next trip.

Belisario, who missed five weeks of Spring Training with visa problems, was scheduled to throw in an extended spring training game for the second time Wednesday. Colletti was in Arizona to see Belisario's first game Monday.

"His slider is still flat," said Colletti. "His arm strength is good, the velocity strong. There's life in his fastball, but he hasn't got a second pitch yet. That's why Spring Training is seven weeks and not seven days."

Torre said Jeff Weaver -- who has pitched in six of the Dodgers' seven games -- was unavailable Wednesday and left open the possibility for longer. "We've gone to the well once too often," Torre said.

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