Dodgers’ Wednesday starter remains to be determined.

Carlos Frias

Carlos Frias is scheduled to start Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but could make a spot start for the Dodgers on Wednesday instead. (Associated Press photo)

PITTSBURGH — The Dodgers still haven’t identified which pitcher will start Wednesday in Milwaukee.

The front-runner would be right-hander Carlos Frias, who is still listed as the starting pitcher for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, but for a minor procedural problem. He was optioned to Triple-A June 21 and therefore isn’t eligible to be recalled until July 1 per MLB rules. An exception can be made when another player is injured, so any lingering hangnails between now and Wednesday could vault Frias into the Dodgers’ rotation.

Frias has thrown 36 ⅔ innings at Double-A and Triple-A this season since returning from an oblique injury at the start of the season. He has a combined 3.93 ERA across a mix of good and bad outings. The last one was good: 5 ⅓ innings of shutout ball Wednesday in Oklahoma City against Round Rock.

Frias would be pitching with an extra two days’ rest, however. Brock Stewart, who started only the third Triple-A game of his career Friday, is already lined up to start Wednesday on regular rest. The 24-year-old right-hander has performed well at Oklahoma City (six earned runs, 27 strikeouts in 18 ⅔ innings) in a small sample size. Stewart, the Dodgers’ sixth-round pick in 2014 out of Illinois State, began the year at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Dave Roberts didn’t rule out Stewart in his pregame scrum Sunday. He did rule out right-hander Mike Bolsinger, and previously ruled out Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy. Ross Stripling is out; he’ll piggyback off Ryu’s next rehab start for Oklahoma City on Tuesday. So is prospect Jose De Leon, who threw 77 pitches in 3 ⅓ innings Saturday, and Nick Tepesch, who was designated for assignment after his spot start Friday.

Roberts did say the team is looking internally and that a bullpen game is unlikely:
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Game 71: Kenta Maeda stands tall, Dodgers come back to beat Milwaukee Brewers.

Chase Utley

Chase Utley is tagged out at home plate by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 2-1 win Sunday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


Kiké Hernandez‘s eighth-inning home run, and Yasmani Grandal‘s bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, lifted the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Kenta Maeda was excellent. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Mike Bolsinger was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Carlos Frias was recalled for the first time this season. Also in that story: Zach Lee was traded to Seattle.

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Carlos Frias throws four scoreless innings for Double-A Tulsa.

Carlos Frias threw four scoreless innings in his latest rehab start at Double-A Tulsa on Tuesday. The right-hander allowed two singles to the Springfield Cardinals, walked none and struck out two.

Frias, who is building up strength after being felled by an oblique injury in March, has allowed one run in seven innings in his first two rehab appearances with Tulsa. He was optioned to Oklahoma City to begin the season but did not appear in a game for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate.

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Mike Bolsinger is outpacing his peers on the injury rehab trail.

The Dodgers had several candidates for their fifth starter’s job in the final weeks of spring training. Three of them are currently rehabbing injuries, one (Ross Stripling) got the job and the other (Zach Lee) is healthy and pitching at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Among the trio of injured pitchers, Mike Bolsinger is most likely pitcher to return first, manager Dave Roberts said. The right-hander is throwing from 90 feet off flat ground. He essentially re-started his spring throwing program after being sidelined with a strained muscle in his abdominal/oblique area; progress has been slow but Bolsinger hasn’t had any setbacks since.

Right-handers Brandon Beachy (elbow) and Carlos Frias (back) are both rehabbing injuries too, but Roberts didn’t have an update on either today. That means neither pitcher is particularly close to returning.

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Oklahoma City Dodgers announce their starting rotation.

Today was the first day of workouts in Oklahoma City for the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate. The OKC Dodgers are expected to release a formal roster tomorrow.

In the meantime, we have a starting rotation: Zach Lee, Jharel Cotton, Jeremy Kehrt, Carlos Frias and Julio Urias.

Via The Oklahoman’s website, here’s why Lee is pitching on Opening Day on Thursday:

Lee, 24, was OKC’s rotation anchor last season, going 11-6 with a 2.70 ERA in 19 starts.
He battled to the final week for a spot in the major league rotation, but ultimately lost out to rookie Ross Stripling.

His work and schedule made him the choice for Thursday.
“It’s just coming out of spring training it’s the way they have him lined up,” [manager Bill] Haselman said. “I don’t think it was a decision over anybody in particular. It’s just a process of what falls into place.”

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