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.
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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.
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