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DODGERS NOTEBOOK: SHAW AGREES TO REST HIS WEARY ARM ON THE DL.

Byline: Brian Dohn Staff Writer

For the next few weeks, and probably a few weeks after that, there won't be any debate whether Jeff Shaw will close games for the Dodgers.

Shaw, who's struggled with control the last month, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with tendinitis in his right elbow. The move is retroactive to Tuesday, making Shaw eligible to return after the All-Star break.

In his absence, right-hander Mike Fetters will get most of the closer's work as long as he's able. With his team having a recent history of arm problems, Dodgers manager Davey Johnson wants to avoid using Fetters on back-to-back nights.

Shaw said he felt tightness in his elbow after pitching through two rain delays Friday in St. Louis. He wrestled with the decision to go on the disabled list for the first time in his career after undergoing an MRI and EMG on Tuesday, finally deciding the rest would do him well.

Right-hander Jamie Arnold, who was 2-4 with a 5.08 ERA last season with the Dodgers, was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque to take Shaw's spot on the roster. He'll pitch in middle relief.

``It's the same thing I had in Montreal and I pitched through it,'' said Shaw, who saved 124 games the last three years but is 2-4 with an 8.00 ERA this season. ``(Team physician Dr. Frank Jobe) said you could pitch with it, but it's not going to get any better.''

Ultimately, Shaw had to agree to go on the disabled list. But with his doing so, the Dodgers got what they wanted - Shaw resting.

Shaw was bothered by weakness in his right shoulder earlier this month, but he said this isn't related. Once Shaw returns, he's expecting to have to earn the closer's role.

``I think with getting healthy and knowing he's healthy, hopefully then he'll be the guy he was last year,'' Johnson said. ``(Arnold) can throw three innings, and as strong as he is, he can come back and throw again the next day. He's a (Matt) Herges-type.''

--Waiting on Orel: Because the Dodgers didn't request waivers on veteran right-hander Orel Hershiser for the purpose of giving his release until after business hours Tuesday, the waiver process won't end until Friday.

At that point, Hershiser will face the decision about what to do about his career. Many Dodgers officials, including managing general partner and CEO Bob Daly, advised Hershiser to retire instead of pitching with another team.

Those close to the situation said they thought Hershiser, if claimed off waivers and presented with the right opportunity, would continue to pitch. They said it was unlikely Hershiser would pitch for a team not involved in a playoff race.

--Odds and ends: Right-hander Gregg Olson threw a simulated game and, providing he's in no pain today or Friday, will begin a rehab assignment Saturday in Class A San Bernardino. Johnson said Olson is aiming to return after the All-Star break. . . . Catcher Chad Kreuter's third-inning stolen base was the fourth of his 13-year career and first since 1998.

DODGERS vs. SAN DIEGO

Time: 7:10 p.m., at Dodger Stadium.

TV/Radio: Fox Sports Net 2; 1150-AM, KWKW-AM (1330 Spanish).

Matchup: The Dodgers conclude their four-game series and brief, four-game homestand by sending right-hander Darren Dreifort (4-6 4.76 ERA) out with two extra days rest to face San Diego right-hander Matt Clement (6-7, 5.19). After getting off to an outstanding start, Dreifort has won once since May 12. He's 0-4 with a 4.21 ERA in 10 career starts against the Padres. Clement has walked 28 batters in his last six outings, going 1-4 with a 6.47 ERA. The opposition has scored at least seven runs in each of his last five starts.

- Brian Dohn

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