Late Saturday night, the Los Angeles Dodgers made another waiver deal when they acquired right-hander Kevin Correia from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Correia became the second deal of the week, following the trade for Roberto Hernandez from the Philadelphia Phillies. With the losses of Josh Beckett and Paul Maholm, the Dodgers were desperate for major league pitching and veteran experience. Hernandez quickly acclimated himself as he was the starter on Friday in Milwaukee and threw six innings of two-run ball for a no-decision.
According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, manager Don Mattingly has a plan in place for Correia:
Mattingly said Correia might start Monday to give other starters a breather.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 10, 2014
Following Sunday’s game in Milwaukee, the Dodgers travel to Atlanta to take on the Braves in a four-game series. In his career, Correia is 3-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 games (eight starts) against the Braves.
Correia’s last start was on Wednesday for the Twins in which he pitched six innings and allowed three runs against the San Diego Padres. He would be pitching on normal days rest if he goes on Monday. The spot start by Correia would give each starter an extra day off in preparation for the stretch run. Right-hander Dan Haren was the original scheduled starter for Monday, and will now go Tuesday. His last start was quite possibly his best of the season after he allowed one run in 7.1 innings against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Currently, the Dodgers lead the National League West by 3.5 games with just under two months to go. Any extra rest for the starters can only be beneficial for the remainder of the season and into the postseason.
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