The Los Angeles Dodgers begin a nine-game road trip starting Friday and are going with a five-man rotation to begin the stretch run.

Newest Dodger Bud Norris will start Friday’s series opener in Arizona versus the Diamondbacks, followed by Brandon McCarthy Saturday and Kenta Maeda Sunday. The Diamondbacks have yet to name starters for the series against the Dodgers.

There is no game on Monday due to a travel day to Washington D.C. as the Dodgers take on the Washington Nationals for three game series July 19-21. Scott Kazmir will get the ball next Tuesday to start the Nationals series followed by Hyun-Jin Ryu on Wednesday. Like the Diamondbacks, the Nationals have not named their starters for the Dodgers series.

For those asking, Clayton Kershaw remains on the disabled list and will not make any starts anytime soon. Kershaw went on the DL June 30 and manager Dave Roberts said Kershaw would remain there for at least two weeks.

The latest news on Kershaw is that he threw a bullpen session on July 10 that totaled 20-25 pitches.

As for the current rotation, notable notes include McCarthy and Norris having made two starts this season, Ryu struggled in his 2016 debut, and Maeda is coming off of his best outing of his career as he struck out 13 San Diego Padres on Sunday.

Many questions remain with the game’s seventh-best starting rotation, but the biggest one is how far this pitching staff can go without their ace, Clayton Kershaw.

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