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Good news, bad news for fifth-spot candidates in opening 'B' game

March 2, 2010 | 12:49 pm
Haeger Here’s your Eric Stults update from his start in Tuesday’s "B’’ game against the White Sox.

The left-hander went one inning, allowing one hit and striking out two. Not a lot, but a positive start, which for him could prove meaningful.

It was a rougher day for another candidate for the fifth spot in the rotation.

Knuckleballer Charlie Haeger took over in the second and gave up a leadoff home run to outfielder Josh Kroeger, a non-roster invitee formerly in Arizona’s organization.

Still another starting candidate, right-hander Carlos Monasterios, threw one perfect inning. He is a Rule 5 draftee from the Mets.

"He looked good,'' said manager Joe Torre. "We'll get him the starter's innings.''

The Dodgers won the game, 4-2, a small first step in evaluating rotation possibilities.

"It should take all spring to narrow it down,'' Torre said. "We're going to give them as many games and innings as as we can.''

The Dodgers' first regular spring game is Friday, also against the White Sox.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Charlie Haeger delives against the St. Louis Cardinals on Aug. 17. Credit: Jake Danna Stevens / Los Angeles Times