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DODGERS FYI

General manager hopes to expand bullpen

Ned Colletti looks to add pitchers to the Dodgers roster by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

July 21, 2009|Dylan Hernandez

With questions lingering about the depth and experience of the Dodgers' pitching staff, General Manager Ned Colletti said he remains focused on adding an arm or two by the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline.

"The pitching has held up pretty well," Colletti said. "That said, you can never have enough."

Colletti, who acquired Manny Ramirez and Casey Blake in the week leading up to the deadline last season, said his top priority is to land a veteran who could pitch in the seventh or eighth inning.

The Dodgers have sent scouts to watch George Sherrill of Baltimore and John Grabow and Matt Capps of Pittsburgh. A trio of relievers from the visiting Cincinnati Reds could also factor in the Dodgers' plans: Francisco Cordero, David Weathers and Arthur Rhodes.

The Dodgers are also looking at Toronto ace Roy Halladay, who received high praise from Joe Torre on Monday.

Asked if Halladay was the best pitcher in baseball, the Dodgers' manager replied, "I don't think there's a better one. There may be a couple as good."

Halladay will earn a total of $14.25 million this season and $15.75 million next season.

Exactly what it would take to pry away Halladay from Toronto remains uncertain. For their part, the Dodgers appear to be reluctant to include Clayton Kershaw in any potential deal.

Cliff Lee of Cleveland is considered a longshot because of the Indians' asking price. The Dodgers aren't interested in Mark Mulder, a free agent who is recovering from a shoulder injury.

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Hudson says he's fine

Orlando Hudson was out of the lineup on Monday but declared himself fit to play.

Hudson made a fifth-inning exit on Sunday after he collided with Houston Astros pitcher Russ Ortiz at first base and hurt his surgically repaired left wrist.

Torre described Hudson's exclusion from the lineup as a precautionary move.

Hudson also said he wasn't worried.

"I wasn't concerned because it didn't feel the way it did when I first broke it," Hudson said.

Hudson wouldn't say he was pain-free, however.

"It feels like it has been the whole year," he said.

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Roster move

To clear space on the active roster for starting pitcher Jason Schmidt, the Dodgers optioned left-hander Scott Elbert to triple-A Albuquerque.

The Dodgers also had to make room on the 40-man roster for Schmidt, who was on the 60-day disabled list. Eric Milton, who underwent back surgery last week, was moved to the 60-day disabled list to open up the spot.

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Short hops

When Matt Kemp scored all four of the Dodgers' runs in a 4-3 victory over the Astros, he became only the second player in the last 40 years to score every one of his team's runs in a game in which his team scored at least four runs, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. The other player to do that was Eric Davis, who scored four runs for Cincinnati in a 4-3 win at Pittsburgh on Aug. 24, 1990 . . . Hong-Chih Kuo struck out two in a scoreless inning for Class-A Inland Empire as part of a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Torre said Kuo could be activated by the end of the month . . . Left-hander Will Ohman, who last pitched for the Dodgers on May 27, still can't throw a baseball because of pain in his left elbow. Ohman is rehabilitating in Arizona.

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dylan.hernandez@latimes.com

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DODGERS TONIGHT

VS. CINCINNATI

When: 7.

Where: Dodger Stadium.

On the air: TV: Channel 9; Radio: 790, 930.

Pitchers: Randy Wolf vs. Homer Bailey.

Update: The Dodgers have won 10 consecutive games against the Reds at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers' last home loss to Cincinnati came on July 28, 2005, in a game in which the Dodgers' infield was Jason Phillips at first base, Antonio Perez at second, Cesar Izturis at shortstop and Olmedo Saenz at third. Izturis homered for the Dodgers' lone run. Wolf is 1-1 with a 2.95 earned-run average in his last three starts, with three walks and 17 strikeouts in 18 innings.

-- Bill Shaikin

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