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Rotation in question after rainout, twin bill

Rotation in question after rainout, twin bill

NEW YORK -- Manager Joe Torre isn't sure how he will handle the disruption to his starting rotation caused by Monday night's rainout and Tuesday's doubleheader.

Whereas Hiroki Kuroda received an extra day of rest before pitching in Tuesday's opener, Charlie Haeger pitched on three days' rest in the nightcap.

Wednesday's series finale will likely be started by rookie John Ely, making his Major League debut. The Dodgers then open a homestand against the Pirates, with Clayton Kershaw and Chad Billingsley pitching on normal rest on Thursday and Friday.

By Saturday, Torre either must bring Kuroda back on short rest, which he has previously ruled out consistently, or bring back Haeger on three days' rest again.

"We'll see [on Tuesday] how hard [Haeger] has to work," said Torre. "It's certainly a possibility. We'll figure it out by tomorrow."

Other options would be to promote another player from the Minors, which had been quite a search before they settled on Ely, or patch together current relievers. Torre mentioned Ramon Ortiz and Carlos Monasterios as the likely candidates if the team goes that route.

Torre is leaning against inserting Jeff Weaver into Vicente Padilla's rotation spot when Weaver returns after a sore back led the Dodgers to place him the disabled list. Torre probably wouldn't start Weaver, because his starts last year rarely went past five innings. Weaver expects to be activated the first day he is eligible, May 7.

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