Manager Joe Torre said Wednesday that Charlie Haeger (0-3, 6.56 ERA), the team's fifth starter out of Spring Training, will make his fifth start of the season on Saturday after he threw four innings of one-run ball in relief on Tuesday. After starter Clayton Kershaw managed just four outs, Haeger's outing let the Dodgers work their way back within striking distance, or at close to it, before losing, 11-6.
"That's what we were hoping would happen, have him hit one time and have him suck up some innings," Torre said. "The fact that he was able to throw a lot of strikes with [the knuckleball] last night -- and even when he wasn't throwing strikes, he was close -- hopefully, he'll carry that over to Saturday."
Torre never definitively said Haeger was no longer the team's fifth starter, after he lasted only four innings against the Mets in his third consecutive loss on April 27. But his previous scheduled start was skipped in favor of rookie reliever Carlos Monasterios, who allowed the Pirates just one run in four innings in a 5-1 Dodgers win on Saturday, and Torre talked about the value of having a knuckleballer in the bullpen.
Monasterios, who threw two innings Tuesday night and is not able to throw as many innings as Haeger, will remain in the bullpen on a "for-now" basis, Torre said. The Dodgers don't know yet who will fill the No. 5 starter's shoes next week.
"We looked at both [Monasterios and Haeger on Tuesday night], and we just decided," Torre said. "Haeger, he started the season as our No. 5, and last night was pretty much why we made that decision. At this point in time, we're not giving anybody any long-term guarantee. We're looking to see what we see, and decisions are made off of what we see."