LOS ANGELES -- Utility infielder Nick Green, designated for assignment by the Dodgers on May 28, cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday.Green spent 24 days with the Dodgers after being called up on May 4 after shortstop Rafael Furcal went on the disabled list. Green joins Chin-lung Hu and Ivan DeJesus Jr. at Albuquerque, providing added infield depth with Casey Blake having suffered a back injury and Blake DeWitt struggling offensively.
Sherrill delivers scoreless outing in Triple-A
LOS ANGELES -- Injured Dodgers left-handed reliever George Sherrill continued his rehabilitation assignment on Saturday night with Triple-A Albuquerque, allowing a single but no runs in two-thirds of an inning.Sherrill has been on the disabled list since May 24 with tightness in his back. He has made two rehab appearances with Class A Inland Empire and is expected to make one more with Albuquerque before being activated by the Dodgers.
Slumping DeWitt returns to lineup
LOS ANGELES -- Second baseman Blake DeWitt, given Friday night off with a 1-for-18 slump, was back in the Dodgers' starting lineup on Saturday night.DeWitt -- batting .259 with no homers and 19 RBIs -- said he has abandoned a tweak in his approach at the plate after a two-week trial. "I got away from the toe-tap that I use for timing and tried more of a leg kick, but I've decided to stop doing that and gone back to the way I was," said DeWitt. "Now I'm trying to get as comfortable as I can get. I've been seeing the ball great all year, that's not a problem. I've been taking good swings without the results." DeWitt disputes the notion that he spent so much time working on mastering a new defensive position that it impacted his offense. "That has nothing to do with it, because I'm able to separate the two," he said. "I worked no less on hitting than in the past. To be honest, I worked no more at second base than I did at third before. It hasn't taken away from my concentration. It's just a matter of definitely doing too much. I've got to relax and have fun."
Dodgers considering DL stint for Blake
LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers hope to decide on Sunday whether Casey Blake will be placed on the disabled list because of the back injury he suffered on Thursday while taking ground balls.The Dodgers were a little fuzzy on the results of an MRI exam -- it could be a sprain, stress fracture, bone spur or arthritis. According to Blake, it's not a disc, which is the injury that most often results in surgery. "It feels better today, and if it keeps improving by Monday, maybe I'll play at that time," said Blake, who played catch on Saturday but has not swung a bat. "If it's not where we want it to be by then, it might be the DL." At that point, Blake said, an epidural injection might be in order. "The doctors said it could be a stress fracture or an old injury that flared up," he said. "They don't think it's major. They call it a back sprain. There are still a couple of movements that bother me. Yesterday I was pretty confident I wouldn't go on the DL. After talking to the doctors, maybe it would be smart to. This thing could linger."
Weaver resumes throwing, won't go on DL
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever Jeff Weaver was able to play catch on Saturday despite the finger cut that forced him from Thursday night's game. He said he would not need to be placed on the disabled list."It's fine," said Weaver, who was soaking the middle finger of his right hand in a cup of ice water. Weaver pitched one inning on Tuesday night and was warming up for a 15th inning that proved unnecessary on Wednesday when the skin came apart from his fingernail. He was brought in on Thursday night, but was removed before facing a batter when Torre noticed his finger was changing his approach. Weaver suspects the extremely dry air in Denver over the weekend contributed to the injury.
Torre reminisces about time with Wooden
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers manager Joe Torre, who visited legendary UCLA coach John Wooden in the hospital on Wednesday, recalled on Saturday a brunch in January with the Wizard of Westwood, who died Friday at age 99."I had a great day Jan. 31 with him," said Torre. "Mike Scioscia and myself and [former Lakers coach and Dodger] Bill Sharman and our families had a brunch. It was a beautiful day. We sat around from 10 to 3 and talked about baseball. It was a good day for him. We went back and forth, talking about which player was toughest to handle. Mike and I had a ball." Torre said he couldn't help but snap a picture of his 14-year-old daughter with Wooden. "It was a great memory for her," he said. Torre said he took another look Saturday at the "Pyramid of Success" that has become part of Wooden's legacy. "It's basic stuff -- it comes down to what it takes to compete," Torre said. "Winning is one thing, being proud of what you do is more important. I looked at it this morning and the words you use when you talk to the team. He was a character guy. He said the teams he was most proud of were the ones that left it on the field, or the court."
Torre's horse finishes fourth in Belmont
LOS ANGELES -- At the quarter pole, Game On Dude was second, taking dead aim at First Dude, the leader of the $1 million Belmont Stakes. And for a moment, part-owner Joe Torre had visions of a Classic win dancing in his head."I started getting up when they turned into the stretch," said Torre, who watched the race in his clubhouse office before the Dodgers-Braves game on Saturday. "It looked pretty interesting. I got up and got excited." Game On Dude, who circled four-wide, couldn't keep the momentum going and finished fourth of 12 in the final leg of thoroughbred racing's Triple Crown as the fourth-longest shot in the field at 17-1. Torre, an avid racehorse owner, never had a starter in a Triple Crown race until this year, but Game On Dude was his second in five weeks. Homeboykris, a gelding part-owned by the Dodgers manager, went off at odds of 27-1 in the Kentucky Derby last month -- and ran like it -- finishing 16th of 20 but fulfilling Torre's dream of having a starter in the Run for the Roses. Game On Dude, who came into the Belmont off a victory on May 9 in the Lone Star Derby outside of Dallas, has two wins in six starts.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.