Chris Capuano may have hope to make the Dodgers’ playoff roster after all. The team’s fifth starting pitcher, who suffered a mild groin strain Sept. 6, will likely receive an audition for a postseason role in the bullpen.
If Capuano (4-7, 4.34 ERA) doesn’t suffer any setbacks during a bullpen session today, he’ll be pitching in some capacity soon afterward.
“We want to see what he looks like in the bullpen but there’s still a possibility of him starting for us again moving forward,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “(Capuano has) pitched out of the pen before, so obviously if you get (to the postseason) you don’t use five starters. We do have to see if there’s going to be a value there.”
Capuano’s first two appearances of the season were out of the bullpen. He allowed no runs on two hits in 2 2/3 innings before assuming a starting role April 16.
One thing Mattingly did confirm is that Edinson Volquez will start Sunday’s game against the San Francisco Giants, not Capuano.