Towers, Castillo among starting candidates

Towers, Castillo among starting candidates

WASHINGTON -- The Dodgers have an idea who will take the hill in place of disabled starter Vicente Padilla in New York, but manager Joe Torre wasn't ready to announce it Sunday.

Probably the leading candidate with Triple-A Albuquerque is righty Josh Towers, who would be starting on proper rest, but the club would first need to open a 40-man roster spot. Scott Elbert is already on the 40-man roster, but he hasn't been pitching well for Albuquerque, and he skipped his Saturday start to go home for the birth of his child. Josh Lindblom is not an option, as he started Sunday for Albuquerque.

Pitching best for Double-A Chattanooga is right-hander Jesus Castillo (1.56 ERA in three starts), who pitched seven scoreless innings Friday and spent most of 2009 on the 40-man roster but has never pitched above Double-A.

Torre ruled out the notion of patching together a tag team of relievers such as Rule 5 rookie Carlos Monasterios and veteran Ramon Ortiz.

"They'll probably stay [in the bullpen], only because we're assuming we'll need them out of the bullpen," Torre said. "We're thinking of one person, but I'm not sure he's been told."

Padilla's spot would normally fall on Tuesday, although Torre said knuckleballer Charlie Haeger could be moved up a day and pitch on three days' rest, which would allow the club to give reliever Jon Link an extra day and slot Padilla's replacement into Wednesday's day game. Link was called up as a fresh arm to initially take Padilla's spot on the 25-man roster.