Brandon McCarthy, Hyun-Jin Ryu nearing major league returns.

PITTSBURGH — When Nick Tepesch‘s rotation spot comes up again next Tuesday, it won’t be in time for Hyun-Jin Ryu or Brandon McCarthy to make their long-awaited 2016 debut. But it’ll be close.

Both Ryu and McCarthy have about “one or two” starts left in their minor league rehab assignments, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday. Ryu is up to throwing 90 mph and McCarthy 93 at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

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Frankie Montas out 4-8 weeks with (another) injured rib.

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PITTSBURGH — Dodgers pitcher Frankie Montas, who missed the first six weeks of the regular season while recovering from off-season rib surgery, has an injury to his second rib and won’t pitch for four to eight weeks. The news was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.

Montas, 23, last pitched at Triple-A on June 15. He has a 2.38 earned-run average in four games (three starts) for the Oklahoma City Dodgers in 11 ⅓ innings.

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Nick Tepesch expected to start for Dodgers tomorrow. Update.

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Nick Tepesch spent his first six-plus professional seasons with the Texas Rangers organization. He is expected to make his Dodgers debut tomorrow in Pittsburgh. (Getty Images)

Right-handed pitcher Nick Tepesch is expected to start for the Dodgers tomorrow in Pittsburgh, according to a source. Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com also reported today that Tepesch would be promoted from Triple-A to make his Dodgers debut.

Update (12:00 p.m. PT): The Dodgers confirmed that Tepesch will be added to the roster and start tomorrow, with a corresponding move still TBA. Clayton Kershaw will start Saturday, Kenta Maeda will start Sunday (on two extra days’ rest) and Scott Kazmir will start Monday.

The Dodgers only claimed Tepesch on waivers earlier this month. The Texas Rangers released him June 4 after Tepesch exercised an out in his contract. To that point in the season he had a 4.22 ERA in 11 starts for Triple-A Round Rock.

The Dodgers claimed Tepesch two days later and promptly inserted him into the rotation at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Since then he’s gone 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts. His strikeout-to-walk ratio, 31-to-11 with Round Rock, has jumped to 17-to-3 with Oklahoma City.

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Game 74: Julio Urias starts, Yasiel Puig finishes the Dodgers’ sixth straight win.

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Yasiel Puig slides head-first into home plate after rounding the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning of the Dodgers’ 4-3 win over the Washington Nationals. Howie Kendrick, who scored the tying run, celebrates in the background. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)

With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning and Howie Kendrick on first base, Yasiel Puig rounded the bases on a single and three-base error, walking off the Washington Nationals to complete a 4-3 win. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

The Kendrick experiment in left field is going well.

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Brandon McCarthy makes first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Brandon McCarthy pitched 3 ⅔ innings in his first rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Wednesday. McCarthy allowed three hits — two outfield singles, one infield single — and one run.

McCarthy recorded four outs via strikeout, four via fly balls (two to the shallow left field warning track at Chicksaw Bricktown Ballpark), one on an infield pop-up and two on ground balls. He threw 61 pitches, 41 for strikes, and walked two batters.

This was the longest of McCarthy’s three rehab outings. He hadn’t pitched since April of last year while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow.

Dodgers teammate Hyun-jin Ryu will make a rehab start for Oklahoma City on Thursday. Ryu missed all of last season recovering from shoulder surgery. Barring any setbacks, Ryu and McCarthy could return to the Dodgers in the coming weeks before the All-Star break.

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