Weaver making progress after injury

Updated: April 27, 2010, 4:15 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

NEW YORK -- Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Jeff Weaver, who is on the 15-day DL with a strain on the right side of his lower back, played catch before Tuesday's twi-night doubleheader with the New York Mets.

He also had thrown off a mound before Monday night's game was rained out.

Weaver is on track to return when he becomes eligible on May 8. Although a one-game, minor-league rehabilitation assignment is still a possibility for Weaver, Torre said it probably won't be necessary.

Shifting the staff

Torre isn't sure whether knuckleballer Charlie Haeger will make what would be a consecutive start on three days' rest on Saturday night against Pittsburgh, something that would be necessitated by Tuesday's doubleheader.

Haeger will pitch the second game of the doubleheader because of Vicente Padilla's injury.

Torre said the club might "borrow'' a pitcher, presumably from Albuquerque for Saturday's game, or either of two relievers, Ramon Ortiz or Carlos Monasterios, could be used for a spot start.

Each went 2 2/3 innings in his most recent appearance, the longest outings by any Dodgers relievers this season. Or, it could be Haeger, who is able to bounce back from a start more quickly than most pitchers because the knuckleball is less taxing on a pitcher's arm.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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