LOS ANGELES -- Have the Dodgers quit?
Outgoing manager Joe Torre, whose club has lost 11 of 14 and gone 23-38 since the All-Star break, said no.
"I don't think anybody quit," said Torre, who announced he would step down as manager after the season.
"I'm sure the regulars are frustrated and disappointed, but nobody is showing up late or straggling in like it's an imposition for them. You know what [Matt] Kemp has been through this year. What [Andre] Ethier has been through, nursing a knee situation."
Ethier has played hurt since hyper-extending his knee in Spring Training, then turning his ankle in the first series of the season, then breaking his finger in May. None of the injuries is expected to require offseason surgery.
Second baseman Ryan Theriot endured an 0-for-26 slump until getting a single Saturday.
"He could probably use a rest," said Torre. "He'll get it when we go to Arizona [next weekend]."
Torre says Mets rumors are 'irresponsible'
LOS ANGELES -- When Joe Torre said on Friday that he stepped down as Dodgers manager because the team needed a new voice, and didn't announce that he was retiring from managing, he knew what he was doing.
He knew that talk would immediately shift to where he would manage next and, of course, the rumors have already started that it will be the Mets.
"Ironic. That's where I started," Torre said. "I talked to my agent and he said some close personal friend of mine is telling people that's where I'm going. A lot of times people don't care if it's true, they just fire it out there.
"Wherever I go -- if I go anywhere -- there's absolutely no legs to this story. I've had no conversations and nobody I know has had any conversations. It's just so irresponsible. I don't want to get on a soapbox. I guess somebody thinks it's a good idea. Instead of being the guy fired four times, I'm the man for the job."
Torre said he will remain in Los Angeles immediately after the season ends, attending to some work with his Safe at Home Foundation, then head to Hawaii for a week's vacation and spend a week in Arizona with successor Don Mattingly, who will be managing in the Arizona Fall League.
Two Dodgers players to get crack at managing
LOS ANGELES -- Before this season finally ends, the Dodgers could have all kinds of managers.
Joe Torre said he will probably have retiring catcher Brad Ausmus manage one of the team's final three games of the season against the D-backs and pick one of his young players to manage another game before he manages the season finale.
Torre often allows a player to manage the final game of the season, but he said he will take that one, no doubt because of the possibility it might be his last ever. Last year, Ausmus managed the finale. This year, Torre said, Ausmus will catch the finale.
Letting a young player manage is a new twist, and he listed James Loney as a candidate.
"I get permission from the other manager and the umpires, and if they object, I don't do it," Torre said. "It's like, you think this is so easy? They seem to like hiring the pitching and hitting coaches. One time I had [Roger] Clemens take David Wells out of the game. It was fun. It's nice to give a young player a feel for the game."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.