Carlos Frias shut out the Washington Nationals for six innings in his first major-league start Wednesday. (Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
Call it rational thought, but when Carlos Frias arrived in the Dodgers’ clubhouse in August, the tendency was to force the rookie pitcher into a limited array of roles.
Emergency spot starter.
Long reliever, preferably during an inconsequential blowout.
That’s what happens to 24-year-old rookies who had never pitched above Double-A baseball prior to the current year, who had an ERA in the fives during his first Triple-A season, right? Continue reading →
Chris Perez will start Thursday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga as he continues his rehab from bone spurs in his right ankle, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said.
“If he holds up good in that setting, then we try to get him into a bullpen situation where he’s trying to get into our routine,” the manager said.
There is no exact timetable for Perez to return, but Mattingly suggested the pitcher might need two or three more rehab games. Perez “didn’t look like he was favoring (his right) ankle” when he threw a scoreless inning Monday night for Rancho Cucamonga, Mattingly said.
Technically, Perez was eligible to come off the disabled list today. The 29-year-old right-hander has a 5.04 ERA in 42 appearances for the Dodgers this season.