Dodgers lefty Sherrill clears outright waivers

Dodgers lefty Sherrill clears outright waivers

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers reliever George Sherrill has cleared outright waivers without being claimed by another team. Before the end of the current waiver period, which ends July 31, the Dodgers can attempt to send Sherrill on a Minor League assignment, removing him from the 40-man roster, or release him.

"George Sherrill doesn't have a situation. He's still in our bullpen," Dodgers manager Joe Torre said. "I think he's throwing the ball better."

With Ronald Belisario absent from the team and Ramon Troncoso in the Minor Leagues, the Dodgers may need Sherrill, despite the 33-year-old left-hander's 7.17 ERA in 36 appearances. He finished last season with an 0.65 ERA in 30 appearances for the Dodgers.

"He's still having trouble locating it the way he needs to and wants to," Torre said. "I think he's got a little better command of it, but again, it's tough to bring him in this situation until he has a couple of good ones under his belt."

If the Dodgers do choose to send Sherrill on a Minor League assignment, he as a player with more than five years of service has the choice to consent to it, reject it or declare free agency. Declaring free agency would nullify the remainder of his $4.5 million salary. If Sherrill rejected the assignment, the club must either release him to become a free agent (and pay him) or keep him on the active roster.