Dodgers drop Garland, Weaver for NLCS

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have added left-handed rookie pitcher Scott Elbert and right-hander Hiroki Kuroda to their roster for the National League championship series and dropped right-handers Jon Garland and Jeff Weaver.

Manager Joe Torre says he made the move with Elbert because he wanted to have another lefty available against Philadelphia. Game 1 was Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

Kuroda was unavailable for the division series against St. Louis because of a herniation in his cervical spine.

Weaver got the victory in Game 1 of the division series. He sent home early Wednesday because he had a fever.

Torre says he left Weaver off because the Phillies have so many left-handed hitters. All-Star righty Chad Billingsley will pitch from the bullpen. He was mostly ineffective after the All-Star break.