LA's Saturday starter remains a mystery

LA's Saturday starter remains a mystery

NEW YORK -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre said he had not decided who would start Saturday's game against the Pirates, with Charlie Haeger's role riding in the balance.

Torre did say it would be a pitcher currently with the Major League club and not a Minor League callup.

Torre has Hiroki Kuroda slotted to pitch Sunday and will not pitch him on Saturday on three days' rest. He said he is undecided on whether to bring back Haeger on three days' rest for the second consecutive time, after Haeger allowed the Mets five runs in four-plus innings on Tuesday night.

One consideration, said Torre, is a combination of long relievers Ramon Ortiz and Carlos Monasterios, the latter a Rule 5 Draft pick who has a 1.69 ERA while pitching mostly in non-pressure situations.

"A big part is, what do we use between now and then?" Torre said. "We could use Haeger out of the bullpen."

If Haeger (0-3, 7.45) doesn't start Saturday, he would likely be skipped because of Monday's day off.