In seven Minor League seasons, Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Carlos Frias posted a 30-29 record with a 3.94 ERA. This season, he went 10-5 with a 4.58 ERA over 21 combined Double-A and Triple-A starts.
Frias was called up to the team last month and pitched well in eight relief appearances with the Dodgers. His success led to him making his first career start at the Major League level Wednesday against the Washington Nationals with the series on the line.
The right-hander went 6.0 scoreless innings, allowed just three hits and struck out four batters.
We’ll have to see if there’s another spot for it,” said Manager Don Mattingly. “It was just one thing. He’s also a valuable guy out of our ’pen. There’s a possibility of him helping us out there. It is maybe something we’ll talk about, but obviously [this] just happened today.”
Mattingly furthered his comments by stating he hopes with time he will see whether starting Frias or calling on him as a reliever is more beneficial to the team:
Where is his value at?” Mattingly asked. “Is it going to be starting or out of the ’pen for us as we go down the stretch? We’ll see.”
Justin Turner praised the young right-hander for his performances since being called up from the Minors:
He threw the ball great,” said infielder Justin Turner. “He’s been throwing the ball good ever since he got here.”
With Josh Beckett likely out for the season, the Dodgers would seemingly have rely on Dan Haren and Roberto Hernandez at the backend of the rotation. Frias made the start Wednesday in place of Haren, who will take the mound Friday when the Dodgers begin a series with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Kevin Correia also made spot starts since being acquired, but was moved to the bullpen when Hyun-Jin Ryu returned from the disabled list. Transitioning from a reliever to a starter shouldn’t prove too difficult for Frias as it’s the role he carried in the Minors.
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