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 set rotation through Atlanta series; Carlos Frias still not ready.

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Carlos Frias remains on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right lower back. (Associated Press photo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Dodgers have set their pitching rotation through next week’s series against the Atlanta Braves. Carlos Frias isn’t in it.

After Mike Bolsinger, Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke face the Nationals this weekend (in that order), Brandon Beachy will start against the Atlanta Braves on Monday. Brett Anderson starts Tuesday in Atlanta.

Bolsinger would presumably pitch the series finale. The Braves haven’t announced their starters for the series.

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Carlos Frias expected to make rehab start during All-Star break.

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Carlos Frias is 4-5 with a 4.54 earned-run average as a starter for the Dodgers this season. (Associated Press photo)

Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias, on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right lower back area, will start a game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga during the All-Star break, Don Mattingly said Saturday. He wasn’t sure whether it would be Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Frias is expected to throw a 40-pitch live BP session to hitters at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday. He is eligible to return from the DL as soon as the Dodgers return from the break Friday in Washington, D.C.

In the meantime, the Dodgers must decide whether Frias returns to the rotation or goes to the bullpen once healthy. He’s done both in his brief major league career.

Frias allowed a total of seven runs in his first four starts (a 2.82 earned-run average) this season, then allowed 27 earned runs in his next eight (a 5.40 ERA) before he was hurt.
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