The Dodgers will throw a bullpen game against the Marlins this afternoon. Instead of having Walker Buehler going on 5 days of rest, Dave Roberts opted to go with a team of relievers to get it done. That should help them as they continue to pitch with just 4 starters in their rotation.
Doc said on Saturday night that the Dodgers would go with Jimmy Nelson to start the game. Nelson was originally a starter in his career and Los Angeles has used him as length in relief.
The hope is that Nelson will be able to go at least 2 innings. Roberts also said that he could potentially go 3 innings depending on how efficient he is able to be. The most pitches he has thrown in a game this year is 26, and that was in his last appearance against the Mariners.
The Dodgers should have a number of arms available following Nelson this afternoon. They only needed to use 3 relievers in the win over Miami on Saturday. That was thanks to Trevor Bauer going 7 strong innings and throwing 113 pitches.
The Dodgers are hosting the Diamondbacks for 4 games starting on Monday. After that, they head up to San Francisco to take on the first-place Giants for 3 games. That means there will likely be another bullpen game in the very near future.