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Dodgers Rotation Up in the Air

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Last night’s 9-5 loss in 12 innings against the Atlanta Braves has thrown a monkey wrench in the Dodgers pitching rotation.

After Jason Schmidt was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder injury, Scott Elbert was supposed to take his spot to start in Sunday’s game. However Elbert was sent to pitch in the 12th inning after Ramon Troncoso allowed runners to get on first and second and gave up the winning RBI single and three-run homer by Ryan Church.

“We had [Elbert] there in the event we needed him,” Torre said of using Elbert in last night’s game. “Once the two men got on base and the lefthander [at bat] we decided we needed to do whatever we could in that situation.”

After batting practice today it was announced that Elbert was designated for assignment and reliever Ronald Belisario was activated from the 15-day disabled list.

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Whether or not an additional move via waiver-wire trade or a minor leaguer such as Eric Stults or knuckleballer Charlie Haeger will be brought up is still up in the air to shore up the rotation.