"Tonight, if I'm a little smarter in the fifth inning, I win the game and go all the way. That game had shutout written all over it for me."
Lately, that had almost been all it took to ensure a Dodger win.
Mike Marshall, who felt soreness in his strained right quadriceps muscle when he attempted to run and swing a bat Tuesday, limited his workout to light jogging in the outfield before Wednesday night's game. Trainer Bill Buhler said Marshall is "not close" to returning from the injury, which occurred Sunday in Philadelphia. . . . Left-handed middle reliever Ricky Horton, 29, acquired Tuesday from the Chicago White Sox for pitcher Shawn Hillegas, arrived in Montreal before Wednesday's game but did not pitch. Horton, who hasn't pitched since Sunday, began the season as a starter but lately has been used in middle relief. He has not allowed an earned run in his last 10 innings. "Sometimes, they'd use me for one hitter; sometimes for four innings," Horton said. "It varied." . . . The two Dodger players affected by an arbitrator's ruling favorable ruling to the players on the 1986 collusion case are Danny Heep and Rick Dempsey. Depending on the remedies to be determined, Heep, a free agent who played for the New York Mets in 1986 before signing with the Dodgers in 1987, and Dempsey, who signed with the Cleveland Indians in 1987 after playing for the Baltimore Orioles, could become free agents and/or receive monetary compensation. . . . Jeff Hamilton, on the disabled list since late July with a rib injury, is expected to be activated Friday. . . . Tim Crews and Mike Sharperson, the players removed from the roster Tuesday and thus ineligible for postseason play, flew to New York Wednesday. They will rejoin the club Friday, when the roster expands to 40 players.