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Dodgers News: Don Mattingly Sets Rotation For Series With Brewers

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UPDATE (May 3, 8:15 p.m. PT): Scott Baker will not be making his scheduled start as the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Sunday evening they acquired Andy Wilkins from the Toronto Blue Jays and designated Baker for assignment.

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Opening the season with a starting rotation at less than 100 percent healthy, the Los Angeles Dodgers have relied on spot starts from Scott Baker (twice), Mike Bolsinger, David Huff and Carlos Frias.

After managing to go nearly the first month of the regular season without Hyun-Jin Ryu, Brandon McCarthy’s torn UCL further depleted the Dodgers’ starting staff. In response to the injuries and other deciding factors, the club went through a week-long period during which the 25th spot on the active roster was a revolving door that shuttled players in from Triple-A Oklahoma City.

The activity has since slowed considerably with Baker, Frias and Kiké Hernandez settling in with the Dodgers. Prior to Sunday’s six-game homestand finale, manager Don Mattingly indicated the current starting rotation will remain unchanged during the four-game series in Milwaukee that begins Monday.

Clayton Kershaw is scheduled to take the ball in the opener, followed by Zack Greinke, Frias and Baker. Bolsinger, who threw 5.2 innings in his lone start for the Dodgers this season on April 23 in San Francisco, was scratched from his scheduled outing for the OKC Dodgers on Sunday.

The change didn’t have any ties to the Dodgers’ plans moving forward however, Mattingly said. Baker has thrown a combined 11 innings over his two starts with the Dodgers and given up two home runs in each outing — one at Petco Park and the most recent at Dodger Stadium; the Dodgers split the pair of games.

Frias has appeared in three games with the Dodgers this season, but is coming off his first start. In the May 1 outing against the Diamondbacks, Frias threw 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing only four hits.

Kershaw carries a 1-2 record, 3.73 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into his Monday start at Miller Park, where he’s a career 4-0 with a 0.87 ERA in four starts. Greinke, a former Brewer, is 0-2 in Milwaukee since being traded by the franchise in 2012.

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Written by Matthew Moreno

Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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