With Hyun-Jin Ryu unable to pitch due to irritation in his throwing shoulder, the Los Angeles Dodgers turned to Carlos Frias Wednesday in the series finale against the Colorado Rockies.
The circumstances weren’t necessarily ideal as it was just the second start of Frias’ Major-League career and it was coming at notoriously hitter-friendly Coors Field. However, Frias has pitched well since joining the Dodgers and threw an impressive six shutout innings in his start against the Washington Nationals.
It was evident rather quickly Wednesday wouldn’t go well for the rookie right-hander. Frias allowed three consecutive hits to start the bottom of the first inning with the third a three-run home run. He was charged for eight runs in just 0.2 innings in what was undoubtedly his worst outing as a Dodger.
Although Frias hasn’t spent much time in the Majors, manager Don Mattingly pointed to the pitcher’s ability to recover from previous setbacks, according to the OC Register’s Bill Plunkett:
I look at it as one inning, honestly, and it didn’t go good,” Mattingly said of Frias’ Coors Field nightmare. “We’re going to look at the body of work and he doesn’t have a huge body of work. He hasn’t had anything like this obviously. But he’s given up some runs and bounced back from it.
With the uncertainty of Ryu’s status and potential date of return, Frias may be an option the Dodgers need to go to once again. Should that be the case, Mattingly said he was hopeful Frias would move on from the poor start:
I think he’s a kid who’ll bounce back, honestly. Hopefully he’ll put it behind him. There’s not a whole lot you can do about outings like this. It’s easier for me to say that than for him to have to deal with it. But I think he’ll bounce back.”
With 10 games remaining in the regular season, Ryu’s spot in the rotation is scheduled for two more starts. If it’s not Frias, Kevin Correia could be another option for a spot start, or Mattingly indicated the team could go to a bullpen game.
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