The Dodgers never fail to find ways to get creative.

Thursday night was par for the course: Kenta Maeda threw five innings, and Hyun-Jin Ryu finished the final four. Ryu was rewarded with a save.

Both starters have had their share of struggles, but piggybacking them could be a way to not only fill innings, but provide them ample playing time.

The downside: Ryu made it clear he prefers to start and Maeda said he wanted to pitch longer.

McCullough added he doubts the Dodgers would commit to piggybacking them publicly, but it’s a legitimate thought. Ryu is a victim of depth. He’s been phased out of the rotation, and unless the Dodgers demote or trade him, this may be his only option.

The Los Angeles bullpen has been successful the past two seasons. Ryu could make it that much more dangerous if Thursday was any indication. He only gave up two hits and no runs. It was his best appearance of the year and first career relief showing.

One thing is certain: L.A. isn’t afraid to be innovative. If there’s a new advantage to be had, bet that the Dodgers will take it.

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