After shuffling the rotation for the Yankees series, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is at it again as the Dodgers plan to activate Stephen Fife from the DL Sunday and push Zack Greinke back to Monday.
The Dodgers are set to begin a tough four-game series against the Cardinals next week as Mattingly wants to have Greinke and Clayton Kershaw ready next week.
Mattingly said that Fife was going to pitch on Sunday whether it be for Triple-A or the Dodgers and he was noncommittal to Ken Gurnick of Dodgers.com:
The club hasn’t yet announced the plan. Manager Don Mattingly was non-committal on Friday, saying Fife will pitch on Sunday for the Isotopes or the Dodgers, but he wouldn’t elaborate.
On the DL since July 7 with shoulder bursitis, Fife has been surprisingly good this season as he’s 3-3 with a 2.76 ERA and has struck out 35 in 45.2 innings. Consistency from the fifth starter spot would be nice as the acquisition of Ricky Nolasco helped solidify the rotation after Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu.
If Fife is brought up, likely candidates to be sent down are Carlos Marmol and Chris Withrow, while the latter has pitched effectively out of the Dodger bullpen.
The Dodgers are going for their team record 13th straight road victory this afternoon against the Cubs as they look to have six healthy starting pitcher once again.
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