- Jason Schmidt is moved to the 15-day disabled list with a "right shoulder issue." The issue is that his right shoulder prevents him from not being bad. Schmidt's locker was empty, meaning this could be the end for him.
- Chad Billingsley strains his left hamstring after hitting a single in the sixth inning. (Fortunately, it wasn't the same hamstring that cramped up in Atlanta on Sunday.)
- Scott Elbert, after being named Sunday's starter, throws 13 pitches and allows two earned runs. This after throwing six pitches in Thursday's game.
- Manny Ramirez goes 0-for-3 with two strikeouts, raising yet more questions about whether is right hand is still hurt.
(Mets fans: "And...?")
While we wait for updates on Billingsley's condition, the quest for a fifth starter continues. The current candidates are Elbert, Eric Stults and James McDonald (who pitched two innings of scoreless relief last night). With both the Giants and Rockies 6.5 games back, a waiver-wire pickup might also be a possibility.
Feel bad about our lack of starting pitching depth? We're not alone: The Red Sox, lauded in the first half of the season for their many starting rotation options, aren't quite as flexible now, writes Tom Verducci of SI.com.
UPDATE: Billingsley injury looks more serious this time (Dodger Thoughts)