Sherrill goes on DL; Furcal returns

CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Dodgers will go with an 11-man pitching staff for at least a few days after placing struggling reliever George Sherrill on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with what was termed a mid-back strain. The move cleared a roster spot for shortstop Rafael Furcal, who, as expected, was activated from the DL.

Furcal was in the lineup for Tuesday night's 3-0 win against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, batting in his customary leadoff spot. He went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts. Furcal hasn't played since straining his left hamstring running out a double-play grounder on April 27.

Sherrill has struggled since the start of spring training to find his proper mechanics, the result of which is that he has a 7.36 ERA through 22 appearances this season. A club spokesman said Sherrill experiences pain between his shoulder blades whenever he extends his back at the end of his delivery.

The Dodgers could go back to a 12-man pitching staff later in the week. They are afforded the luxury of going with the extra position player now because they won't need a fifth starter until Friday night at Colorado.

Tony Jackson covers the Dodgers for ESPNLosAngeles.com.