LOS ANGELES -- Used as a spot starter earlier in the season when the Dodgers were down to three regulars in the rotation, right-hander Carlos Monasterios was activated from the disabled list on Wednesday and will be used as a long man.
The rookie Rule 5 Draft pick was out since June 19 with a blister on his throwing hand. Monasterios could have come off the disabled list sooner but he had thrown three innings in his last rehab start at Triple-A Albuquerque on Saturday. A spot came free for Monasterios when Ronald Belisario was placed on the restricted list for "personal reasons."
While it's unknown how long Belisario will be out, his absence puts more pressure on Jeff Weaver, who was previously the long reliever but has also been effective in middle relief, and Travis Schlicting, whom manager Joe Torre said would have been demoted had it not been for the circumstances that have landed Belisario on the Restricted List. Belisario should his usefulness as a long man with three innings of one-hit relief on Monday.
"We have [Justin] Miller, who can give us innings -- he has experience," Torre said. "You have Weaver, who probably now with Belisario out will take more of that late-inning stuff from him as the experience guy there."
Schlichting, who let up a run in his second inning of work on Tuesday night, said he was glad for the opportunity. "I didn't know anything that was go on [with Belisario] until BP. Any chance I can get up here is a big experience for me and big for me just to get, you know, more comfortable and used to the atmosphere. I feel like a lot has changed from last year to this year just in the way I feel being here."
Home Run Derby tickets available
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers fans interested to make the short trip to Angel Stadium in Anaheim for the State Farm Home Run Derby on Monday night can purchase a limited number of seats that have become available.
Blake DeWitt stole two bases on Tuesday night, part of a five-steal effort for the Dodgers in their 7-3 win over the Marlins. They were DeWitt's first steals since the 2008 season, and his fourth and fifth overall. "It's something that happened yesterday -- it hadn't happened too often to me," DeWitt said on Wednesday. "I'm not a basestealer, but if the opportunity arises for me to steal a base, then you're going to take it." ... Potential Major League contributors James McDonald, Charlie Haeger and Ramon Troncoso played a role in Triple-A Albuquerque's doubleheader sweep on Tuesday. McDonald retired the first 14 Iowa Cubs he faced and allowed four runs over 6 2/3 innings in Game 1, a 6-4 victory. Haeger allowed one hit and two walks in three scoreless innings in the second game, a 5-0 win. In his first appearance since being optioned by the Dodgers, Troncoso added two hitless innings and struck out three while allowing one walk in the nightcap. ... Dodgers catcher Brad Ausmus went 1-for-2 with a walk in a rehab appearance for Class A Inland Empire on Wednesday night. Ausmus has been out since mid-April with a herniated disk in his lower back and was not supposed to start a rehab assignment until after the All-Star break.
Evan Drellich is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.