Left-handed pitcher Scott Elbert was in the Dodgers clubhouse at Coors Field Friday and will be activated, but the club has not confirmed the move or announced a corresponding roster move. Elbert was a late scratch from his scheduled Friday night start for Triple-A Albuquerque, where he was 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA. But he has allowed only four earned runs in his last 16 1/3 innings. Elbert was a candidate to win the fifth-starter job in Spring Training, but pitched poorly and was sent out in mid-March. Left-handers are hitting only .229 against Elbert, while right-handers are hitting .301.
– Ken Gurnick
The Dodgers made no roster move Monday, but both Rafael Furcal and Nick Green made the flight to Chicago on the travel day. Furcal apparently is ready to be activated from the disabled list after 3 1/2 weeks healing from a strained hamstring. Green was the infielder who replaced him. But if the Dodgers try to send Green back to the Minor Leagues, he must first clear waivers.
Meanwhile, infielder Chin-lung Hu, passed over when Green was promoted, is now on Albuquerque’s disabled list with a broken nose. – Ken Gurnick
The Dodgers placed Andre Ethier on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, three days after he broke his right little finger in batting practice. Xavier Paul was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque and was in the starting lineup for Tuesday night’s game with Houston. – Ken Gurnick
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier suffered a fractured little finger of his right hand during batting practice Saturday and will be evaluated in Los Angeles Sunday. The Dodgers don’t know how long he will be sidelined. – Ken Gurnick
Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier was a late scratch from Saturday’s game against San Diego after jamming the little finger on his right hand during batting practice. He is day to day. Garret Anderson started for Ethier in right field. – Ken Gurnick
Dodgers third-base coach Larry Bowa will miss games Friday and Saturday in San Diego to attend his daughter’s graduation from law school and will rejoin the club Sunday. First-base coach Mariano Duncan took over for Bowa as third-base coach and hitting coach Jeff Pentland replaced Duncan as the first-base coach. – Ken Gurnick
The Dodgers Monday announced that pitcher Charlie Haeger was placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday night with “right plantar fasciitis” and the club recalled John Ely, who is expected to start Tuesday night. – Ken Gurnick
Dodgers manager Joe Torre, part-owner of Homeboykris, who finished 16th in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby, is in a different derby Saturday with a different horse. Torre also is part-owner of Game On Dude, one of six entered in the $200,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park near Dallas. – Ken Gurnick
The Dodgers made the expected (if not necessarily logical) roster move Friday night, activating reliever Jeff Weaver from the 15-day disabled list and optioning rookie starter John Ely back to Triple-A Albuquerque. The move comes one day after Ely delivered a superb start against the Brewers, allowing one earned run in 6 2/3 innings. Manager Joe Torre had said before and after Ely’s Thursday night start that he was likely to be demoted regardless of how he pitched because of roster concerns. – Ken Gurnick
The Dodgers placed shortstop Rafael Furcal on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained left hamstring and purchased the contract of Nick Green from Triple-A Albuquerque. – Ken Gurnick