Haeger an ironman for Dodgers

Haeger an ironman for Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Joe Torre went into Friday night's game with Ramon Troncoso his closer, as he promised to rest closer Jonathan Broxton and Ramon Ortiz, each having pitched on the preceding three days.

The wild card of the staff literally is knuckleballer Charlie Haeger. He started Sunday and pitched six innings. He relieved in Wednesday night's extra-inning loss with one scoreless inning. He's scheduled to start Saturday.

"And you almost saw him last night," Torre said, having had Haeger warming up in the bottom of the ninth inning had that game gone extra innings instead of being won by Andre Ethier's walk-off hit.

"He's poised. He throws enough strikes. I'm impressed. He can pitch more of the time than a reliever. It's not a power thing; he doesn't take long to warm up. In Florida, he threw 100 pitches and you look up and it means absolutely nothing."

Torre joked that he doesn't want to use Haeger more frequently because of the stress it puts on catchers, not on Haeger.

"I say it facetiously, but it's true," said Torre.

Haeger said he's never been used regularly as both a starter and reliever and doesn't know what his threshold of appearances and innings would be.