Kuroda likely going to DL
LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers right-hander Hiroki Kuroda probably will be placed on Los Angeles' disabled list while he recovers from a concussion, manager Joe Torre said Tuesday.
Kuroda, who was hit in the head by a line drive in Arizona last weekend, had another CT scan and additional tests Tuesday while visiting Dr. Vernon Williams, a Los Angeles neurologist specializing in concussions.
The Japanese pitcher felt about the same as he did Monday, when Dodgers trainer Stan Conte reported Kuroda still had mild headaches. Conte again sent Kuroda home from Dodger Stadium early to rest, also advising him to turn off his phone to limit the numerous calls from concerned family and friends in Japan.
"This is really going to be a day-to-day thing," Conte said. "This can clear up overnight, or it could linger. We're just going to have to wait day to day."
Torre said Kuroda is a likely candidate for the disabled list, but doesn't know when the move might happen. The Dodgers initially hoped Kuroda might be able to pitch late in their seven-game homestand.
"It's becoming more apparent," Torre said. "We haven't officially decided that."
Right-hander Jeff Weaver will take Kuroda's turn in the rotation Thursday in the series opener against the Chicago Cubs. Weaver has started six games this season in spot duty out of the bullpen, and Torre likes his history of success against the Cubs' right-handed power hitters.
Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger also is likely to get another start for the Dodgers after pitching seven strong innings against St. Louis in his season debut on Monday night, Torre said.
Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press
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