Turf toe sets Haeger back

Updated: May 31, 2010, 11:15 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Charlie Haeger said the latest injury to his right foot, which is classified as turf toe, happened during a May 24 rehab start for high Class A Inland Empire at Rancho Cucamonga when he turned to make a pickoff throw to first.

"The mound there is extremely hard," he said. "I don't think I have ever thrown off a mound that hard in my life. Of course I had a hole dug next to the rubber. When I turned to throw to first, my foot went into the hole."

Haeger thought he could pitch through the injury, but Torre said Haeger was limping noticeably on the video he saw of Haeger's most recent start for the 66ers on Saturday night against Bakersfield. Haeger had been tentatively slated to be activated and to start Tuesday night's game against Arizona. Instead, his rehab assignment has been put on hold.

Haeger said he believed he could be ready in three or four days without benefit of any additional rehab time, but that seems unlikely. As long as he doesn't pitch in a minor league game for at least seven days, the Dodgers can re-start the 30-day clock on his rehab when he does finally pitch again.

No votes for ballclub

Torre, who must be the ultimate authority on just about everything because someone in the media tends to ask him to weigh in on every subject imaginable, was asked before Monday night's game for his thoughts on a planned protest outside the ballpark of Arizona's controversial new immigration-reform law.

The protest was planned because the Dodgers were playing the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"I don't know that the ballclub voted for that," Torre said. "The ballclub is in the same boat as everybody else. I'm sure there are different opinions. Just because they have Arizona [on their jerseys] doesn't mean those people should be disliked for passing the law. I think it's a little misguided to protest just because these people are in town. I'm sure there are guys on that team who don't like this law, either."

Reliever Schlichting joins club

Reliever Travis Schlichting, who was recalled from Albuquerque for the first time this season on Sunday and joined the team on Monday, had a 4.02 ERA in 16 appearances for the Isotopes, but that was mostly the result of a rough start to his season.

Schlichting had held the opposing team scoreless in four of his final five outings.

"I had been getting ahead of people, but I couldn't put them away when I should," Schlichting said. "I was trying to be too perfect instead of just doing what got me here."

Once he worked out some mechanical issues, though, something clicked for Schlichting, and he started pitching much better. He went three innings on Saturday night at Memphis and has been used for multiple innings several times this year.

Schlichting's big league stay may be a short one. With reliever George Sherrill and Haeger due off the 15-day disabled list sometime in the next couple of weeks, Schlichting probably will be sent back to clear a spot for one of them.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.

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