Zack Greinke returns to Los Angeles for birth of child; Dodgers’ weekend rotation ‘up in the air.’

Zack Greinke

Zack Greinke has an active streak of 43 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

NEW YORK — Zack Greinke‘s wife is about to give birth to the couple’s first child, and now the Dodgers don’t have a pitcher to start Friday’s game against the Mets as a result.

They already didn’t have a starter for Saturday and Sunday’s games here, either.

“I think we’ll be able to get someone in here to replace Zack,” manager Don Mattingly said Thursday. “It’s up in the air at this point.”
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Eric Stults will report to Double-A Tulsa.

Eric Stults Dodgers

Eric Stults broke into the major leagues with the Dodgers in 2006. (Getty Images)

DENVER — Left-handed pitcher Eric Stults, whom the Dodgers acquired in the recent trade that sent Juan Uribe to the Atlanta Braves, will report to Double-A Tulsa.

Stults had been designated for assignment immediately after the trade became official. By accepting an outright assignment, Stults returns to the club that drafted him in 2002 and employed him at the major league level from 2006-09.

In nine games (eight starts) for the Braves this season, Stults went 1-5 with a 5.85 earned-run average.

The Dodgers were ultimately able to keep all four players they acquired for Uribe and pitcher Chris Withrow in the organization. Pitcher Ian Thomas is in Triple-A, pitcher Juan Jaime is at extended spring training and infielder Alberto Callaspo is with the Dodgers.

Chris Cotillo of SBNation.com first reported that Stults accepted the outright assignment.

The six-player Juan Uribe trade is official.

Juan Uribe

Juan Uribe is tagged out sliding into third base in the seventh inning of Monday’s game at Dodger Stadium, a 6-3 Dodgers win over the Atlanta Braves. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)


The Dodgers have traded Juan Uribe and pitcher Chris Withrow to the Atlanta Braves for Alberto Callaspo, Eric Stults, Ian Thomas and Juan Jaime. The trade became official Wednesday afternoon once the terms were approved by the commissioner’s office.

The terms of the deal were the same as reported last night.

Stults was designated for assignment, ending his second tenure as a Dodger before it really began. Jaime was sent to extended spring training and Thomas was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Only Callaspo joins the Dodgers’ active roster — wearing number 5, Uribe’s old number.

In an unrelated move, pitcher Sergio Santos was designated for assignment (thus clearing a 40-man roster spot for Thomas). Outfielder Chris Heisey was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City and is expected to be in uniform for the Dodgers tonight.

Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman is expected to discuss the trade prior to today’s game — against the Braves, so Uribe and Callaspo could be in opposite lineups at Dodger Stadium tonight.