Los Angeles Dodgers - TeamReport
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - INSIDE PITCH
CHICAGO -- Following their weekend series in Chicago, the Los Angeles Dodgers return home for a crucial three-game series with the San Francisco Giants, the team on their heels in the National League West.
As important as the first game of that series might be, it's odd to see that the Dodgers probable starting pitcher that day is TBA -- to be announced.
Manager Don Mattingly has a few options, but at the moment none appears overly attractive.
At this point, the most likely option would seem to be starting rookie Carlos Frias, who assumed the rotation spot of left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu. The problem is Frias, who has only made two career starts, was roughed up for eight earned runs in just two-thirds of an inning Wednesday in Colorado -- a game the Dodgers ultimately lost 16-2.
Ryu, who's been out since Sept. 12, rejoined the Dodgers on Thursday night after going back to Los Angeles for an MRI. But it may not be realistic to think he would be ready to start Monday because he hasn't picked up a baseball since his last outing.
One alternative could be pushing back the start of veteran Dan Haren from Sunday to Monday, and having Frias start on Sunday against the Cubs in a situation that might have less pressure.
MLB Team Report - Los Angeles Dodgers - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
NEXT: Dodgers (LHP Clayton Kershaw, 19-3, 1.70 ERA) at Cubs (RHP Edwin Jackson, 6-14, 6.09 ERA)
--LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu rejoined the Dodgers on Thursday after traveling back to Los Angeles for an MRI on his left shoulder. Ryu left his last start Sept. 12 in San Francisco after just one inning because of left shoulder irritation. The Dodgers will see where Ryu is in the next day or two before deciding when he'll rejoin the rotation.
--2B Darwin Barney was back at Wrigley Field on Thursday for the first time since he was traded by the Cubs to the Dodgers on July 28. Barney was hoping to be part of the Cubs' turnaround in Chicago, but is happy to have made the move from last place to first place. "The biggest difference is this time of year a lot of guys are counting down the days," Barney said. "It's strange that when the season's over, there'll still be baseball to play. Obviously, we haven't clinched anything yet, but we're on our way."
--SS Hanley Ramirez was able to return to the lineup on Thursday after missing the previous two games with a right elbow strain. He had two hits on the night and started the five-run rally in the seventh with a single.
--RHP Pedro Baez has allowed just two runs in his last 15 games (19? innings of relief) after giving up two runs in his major league debut earlier this season.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Don't know what to say about it. Every day's a new day. Pretty much, yesterday's game was gone after the second inning. You have to move on to the next one and don't look back." -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly on the 16-2 loss in Colorado on Wednesday.
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