With all that has come from the drama this season, the Los Angeles Dodgers still lead the NL West by 4.5 games after a win on Tuesday, paired with a San Francisco Giants loss.
The Dodgers pitching staff has taken several blows in the past two weeks. Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia were both traded for and have made four total starts in their short time here. While they have filled in admirably, the Dodgers may need another starter in the coming weeks.
In an attempt to have plenty of options, Mattingly didn’t rule out a certain pitcher from making a few spot starts, via ThinkBlue LA:
Mattingly said there's no immediate plans to use Carlos Frias as a starter but if there's an injury he'll be the first guy they'll go to.
— ThinkBlueLA (@Think_BlueLA) August 20, 2014
With the injury that caused Hyun-Jin Ryu to head to the disabled list, and the unclear future of Josh Beckett, the Dodgers were looking to at least have their one-two punch healthy for the stretch run, but some recent news may damper those chances as well.
Pitcher Zack Greinke has been reportedly suffering from some elbow discomfort in his recent starts. The injury was significant enough to make the Cy Young winner skip a bullpen session. Manager Don Mattingly stated that the right-handed pitcher was feeling some soreness and discomfort, but it was not anything that was reported as significant.
If Greinke or Ryu skip any of their upcoming starts, the Dominican Republic native could be penciled in to provide the Dodgers with some starts. In five games pitched, the 24-year-old has pitched nine innings and allowed eight hits, six runs, and two walks. Although the hard throwing right-hander has an ERA of 6.00, he has kept his WHIP down at 1.11 and struck out seven.
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