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Saturday, June 19, 2010
Monasterios to DL with finger injuries

By Tony Jackson
ESPNLosAngeles.com

BOSTON -- The Los Angeles Dodgers put Carlos Monasterios on the 15-day disabled list with injuries to fingers on his pitching hand, clearing a roster spot for Vicente Padilla, who was activated from the DL and started Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

Monasterios was torched for six runs over four innings on Friday night against the Red Sox, after which manager Joe Torre hinted that Monasterios' spot in the starting rotation might be in jeopardy. But as a Rule 5 draft pick, Monasterios was in no danger of going to the minor leagues, only of going back to the bullpen.

As it turns out, he will do neither.

"He has a split nail [on the index finger], and it is something that has been giving him problems every time he goes out there," manager Joe Torre said. "We just felt we would take advantage of an opportunity to let it heal. He also has a blood blister on the middle finger."

Monasterios is 2-2 in his six starts this season, with a 5.40 ERA. He has given up 18 runs (16 earned) and 29 hits in 26 2/3 innings. He has walked more batters (11) than he has struck out (10), and he's given up seven home runs.

As a reliever, he has given up four runs in 19 2/3 innings over 11 appearances and only one home run.

Padilla was on the DL since April 23 because of an inflamed nerve in his right arm. He gave up four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Red Sox on Saturday.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com. Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.