SAN DIEGO — The Dodgers announced their starting rotation for the final six games of the season:
Update (6:20 p.m.): Roberts said that Kershaw, Hill and Maeda will start Games 1, 2 and 3 of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals in that order. The starting assignment for Game 4 is to be determined. Maeda wanted two starts before the regular season ends, not one, which is why he’s starting tonight and not tomorrow.
Roberts discussed his season-ending rotation Tuesday afternoon:
Urias was thought to be pressing up against the ceiling of his innings limit, which would force him to pitch out of the bullpen the remainder of 2016.
Brandon McCarthy, who threw 5 ⅓ strong innings Sunday against the Rockies, is expected to piggyback off Hill. Because he’s been prone to a blister issue since midseason, the Dodgers have proceeded cautiously with Hill. He has been allowed to exceed 89 pitches once in five starts as a Dodger and was once removed seven innings into a perfect game. Keeping McCarthy as a long reliever for insurance is perhaps a necessity.
Anderson, Hill and Urias threw bullpen sessions Tuesday at Petco Park.