I don't know yet if Torre means that about McDonald in April, or forever. But you get the sense that we'll see McDonald limited to shorter stints in the near future at least, and that he won't be starting the year in the Albuquerque rotation with Scott Elbert.
No longterm decision on McDonald should be based on the first two weeks of Spring Training games, or for that matter his four career major-league starts. But you start to wonder if the Long Beach native will ever get a full opportunity to prove himself as a starter, or whether, like Jonathan Broxton (who was a very effective starting pitcher over 50 games in the minors), it has simply been decided that McDonald's skill set doesn't translate into a big-league rotation.
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The Dodgers sent Russ Mitchell, Juan Perez and Prentice Redman to minor-league camp.