Here is a recap of news from Dodger land, as per Joe Torre's pregame meeting with reporters:
1) As expected, Russell Martin is out for the year.
From Ben Maller of Fox Sports Radio:
Joe Torre: "Russell Martin will be on crutches for the next three weeks. It's safe to say he's out for the year."
Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times tells us who will replace Martin:
Ausmus and Ellis will split catching duties for the #Dodgers.
What about Lucas May, who was traded to Kansas City for Scott Podsednik, you ask? Seth from Dingers Blog brings it:
Torre: Lucas May wasn't an option for this year
2) Manny Ramirez had a setback in his rehabilitation
Joe Torre: "Manny (Ramirez) was given the day off from baseball activity. Still has some aggrivation in the calf."
Torre on Manny: "He doesn't seem close."
3) Ronald Belisario is close to returning
Joe Torre: "Ronald Belisario could return in 7-10 days. It depends on the restricted list stuff."
Belisario could start a minor-league rehabilitation assignment on Saturday, Torre said.
Perhaps more detail will come out on this, but I was under the impression that players could only be on the restricted list for 30 days. Belisario was placed on the restricted list on July 7, which makes today the 30th day he has been on the list. Perhaps the paperwork wasn't filed until the next day, July 8, which would make tomorrow the 30th day, which would make sense given Torre's quote about Belisario being able to begin a rehab assignment Saturday. My guess is that on Saturday, the Dodgers have to add Belisario back to the 40-man roster, which is not an issue right now since there are only 38 players.
In other news, James McDonald had a nice debut in Pittsburgh: six shutout innings, four hits, one walk, eight strikeouts.