Kuo, Belisario set to return soon

Kuo, Belisario set to return soon

LOS ANGELES -- Barring something unforeseen, Hong-Chih Kuo and Ronald Belisario are likely to rejoin the Dodgers bullpen for next week's trip east.

Kuo came out of his one-inning rehab start at Inland Empire on Thursday night feeling so good he played a firm catch Friday. He'll make one more Minor League appearance Sunday as a final test of his elbow.

Kuo's importance is heightened because the lone lefty currently in the bullpen, George Sherrill, has been ineffective. Torre reiterated that Sherrill's command problems are not injury-related.

"I'm sure something's cranky from time to time, but there's nothing we've been alerted to," said Torre. "We've never been notified that it's dangerous. I know he's going to be fine. Do I know it's going to be this week? That's what we've got to figure out."

Belisario remains at the club's Camelback Ranch-Glendale complex and threw 25 pitches over two innings in his third game appearance Friday. Because he's on the restricted list, Belisario is not eligible for a rehab appearance, Torre said, so he will remain in Arizona until he's ready to be activated. He might need to make back-to-back appearances first.

That most likely will be by April 25, the end of the 30-day window since he was placed on the restricted list. Because Belisario is out of the options, the Dodgers cannot send him to the Minor Leagues without the risk of losing him to another club.