LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti was looking for pitching help even before he learned that starter Chad Billingsley and closer Kenley Jansen could be lost for the season because of injuries.
The search, if anything, has intensified, but Colletti isn't liking what he's seeing. He called the talent pool that could be obtained via a waiver trade “very thin right now.” Any player acquired after Friday would not be eligible for postseason play.
“We’ll see if something turns up between now and tomorrow night, but right not there’s nothing,” Colletti said. “It’s always possible, but it wouldn’t be anything earth-shattering if it happens.”
Billingsley received a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow Thursday, a therapy that could be his final hope of pitching again in 2012. Jansen met with a cardiologist Thursday and the Dodgers say there is still a chance he could pitch for them again this season. Tuesday, he had a recurrence of an irregular heartbeat that first surfaced last season.
* Center fielder Matt Kemp missed his second straight game after colliding with an outfield wall in Colorado on Tuesday night. Kemp has had soreness in his jaw, knee and left shoulder since the collision. He missed 51 games with hamstring injuries earlier this year.
"It’s been a frustrating year. I’ve sat out a lot of games," Kemp said. "I’m used to playing every day so it’s frustrating when I don’t get to play."
Here are lineups for Thursday night's game with the Arizona Diamondbacks:
Aaron Hill 2B
Jake Elmore SS
Justin Upton RF
Chris Young CF
Nick Punto 2B
Andre Ethier RF
Luis Cruz 3B
Juan Rivera LF