About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.

Carlos Frias isn’t guaranteed a spot in the Dodgers’ rotation when he returns.

Carlos FriasNEW YORK — Carlos Frias is scheduled to throw 50 pitches today for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, his first minor league rehab appearance since he was sidelined with back stiffness earlier this month.

Frias was in the Dodgers’ starting rotation when he suffered the injury, but he is not guaranteed of going back into the rotation when he returns.

“It could be anywhere,” manager Don Mattingly said. “It could be in the rotation, it could be in the bullpen. You never know where Carlos could end up.”

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Dodgers recall Yimi Garcia, activate Zack Greinke from paternity list.

NEW YORK — The Dodgers recalled Yimi Garcia from Triple-A Oklahoma City for Sunday’s series finale against the Mets and activated starting pitcher Zack Greinke from the paternity list.

The corresponding moves were announced last night, when pitchers Chin-Hui Tsao and Josh Ravin were optioned to Triple-A.

That means Zach Lee, who started and lost the Dodgers’ 15-2 loss Saturday, remains on the roster as the Dodgers’ “fifth starter.” The Dodgers won’t need a fifth starter until next Sunday.

Garcia had one really bad outing — five batters faced, no outs — immediately after he was demoted to Oklahoma City earlier this month. In his next three outings, each lasting one inning, Garcia did not allow a run. He last pitched Thursday.

In 40 games with the Dodgers this season, Garcia has a 4.10 earned-run average and one save. He’s struck out 53 batters and walked nine in 37 ⅔ innings.

Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke injures his neck riding a taxi in New York City.

Scott Van Slyke

Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke might want to try Uber or the subway system the next time he’s in New York City. (Getty Images)

NEW YORK — Scott Van Slyke hurt his neck Saturday during a cab ride in New York City and was unavailable to the Dodgers for their game against the Mets.
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