The Los Angeles Dodgers are down two-fifths of their starting rotation with Hyun-Jin Ryu on the disabled list with a shoulder issue and the loss of Brandon McCarthy for the season due to Tommy John surgery.
Ryu is expected back in about a month or so, but until then, the Dodgers have Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Brett Anderson. Right-handers Mike Bolsinger and Scott Baker, along with left-hander David Huff, have all made a spot start for the Dodgers in April. In the Minor Leagues, the Dodgers have Zach Lee and Joe Wieland ready and waiting for a chance to start. Carlos Frias was recalled and while he’s pitched out of the bullpen so far, he will get a chance to start.
According to Bill Plunkett of the OC Register, the Dodgers set their rotation for their weekend series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks:
#Dodgers will start Carlos Frias on Friday, Scott Baker Saturday, Brett Anderson Sunday v DBacks.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) April 29, 2015
Frias started two games last season, once against the Washington Nationals and once against the Colorado Rockies. Against the Nationals, he tossed six scoreless innings, but at Coors Field, he allowed 10 hits and eight runs in two-thirds of an inning. He’s appeared in two games this season and has thrown 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball.
Baker gets the nod on Saturday after his first start against the San Diego Padres on Sunday. He threw seven innings and allowed three runs in a 3-1 loss. The right-hander was signed in April after being cut by the New York Yankees after Spring Training.
Anderson was signed to be the team’s fifth starter and now is the third starter for the time being. After tossing six innings in his first start, Anderson has yet to record an out past the fifth inning in his last three starts.
The Dodgers will look to continue their winning ways at home with these three.
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