Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Saito Avoids Worst-Case Scenario...For Now

From Diamond:

Dodgers' Saito to the DL, out six weeks.

Dodgers closer Takashi Saito has a sprained ligament in his right elbow and will undergo rehabilitation for an estimated six weeks before being reevaluated. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list, and a roster move will be made Friday.

"We'll get together with Joe (Torre) and come up with a plan," General Manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. "Obviously, it is not easy replacing someone like him. As far as trading for a closer, it's a lot like trying to acquire a shortstop - it's a premium position, and most teams don't carry an excess.

"We also have candidates within the staff. Many times closers are discovered in times like this. We'll know more about what we'll do short-term in a couple of days. And we'll know more about Saito's status as the rehab develops."