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Dodgers Work Out in Heat

Four hours before Thursday night’s game with the Cardinals, the Dodgers completed a mandatory team workout at Busch Stadium held with a downtown temperature of 93 degrees and a heat index of 105. Among those working out was reliever George Sherrill, who reportedly was placed on outright waivers this week but remains on the active roster. — Ken Gurnick

Kyle Russell Moves Up

Outfielder Kyle Russell was promoted by the Dodgers from Single-A Inland Empire to Double-A Chattanooga. Russell hit .354 with 16 home runs and 53 RBIs in 53 games for the 66ers. In his last five games he hit .529 with four homers and 10 RBIs. — Ken Gurnick

Elbert Called Up

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

Furcal, Green Make Trip to Chicago

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

Ethier on DL, Paul Recalled

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

Ethier Suffers Fractured Finger

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

Ethier Scratched with Finger Injury

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

Bowa Attends Daughter’s Graduation

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

Haeger Disabled, Ely Recalled

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

Torre in Another Derby

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