While the Dodgers wait to release their official 25-man roster for the National League Division Series, one reliever has been ruled out for the first round of the playoffs: Jim Johnson.
Acquired to boost the Dodgers injury-depleted starting rotation at the trade deadline, Latos was 0-3 with a 6.66 earned-run average in six games.
DENVER — The DodgersÂ released Mat Latos today, officially ending his brief tenure with the team. Latos had been designated for assignment Sept. 17.
Acquired to boost the Dodgers’ injury-depleted starting rotation at the trade deadline, Latos was 0-3 with a 6.66 earned-run average in six games.Â He was demoted to the bullpen twice during his six weeks with the club. AÂ free agent at the endÂ of the season,Â the Dodgers were already on the hook forÂ about one-third of Latos’ 2015 salary of $9.4 million.
Right-hander Mike Bolsinger, who is starting today’s game against the Colorado Rockies, essentially took Latos’ place in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Bolsinger is 6-4 with a 3.26 ERA in 19 starts this season.
The Colorado Rockies beat the Dodgers on Nolan Arenado‘s home run off Mat Latos in the 16th inning. The game lasted 5 hours and 23 minutes and set a record for the most players used by two teams in a single game (58). The Dodgers used 28 players.
In 1914 the Dodgers used 28 players the entire SEASON.
— Doug Kern (@dakern74) September 16, 2015
Hamstring injuries are nothing new, but this year they arrived in a bunch.
In addition to the single-game record for most players used by two teams, the teams used a record 24 pitchers (previous: 21, Tampa Bay vs. Baltimore 9/30/2006, an 18-inning game). The Dodgers’ 11 pitchers and 28 players, and the Rockies’ 13 pitchers and 30 players, are all new franchise records.
“We’ll kind of use him in that situation for right now,” Mattingly said.
The manager wasn’t ready to anoint Mike Bolsinger (or anyone else for that matter) his fifth starter. Bolsinger has had a strong season statistically, but was knocked out in the fourth inning Saturday.
The Dodgers have an off-day Thursday between home games, and can use that day to skip the fifth starter’s turn in the rotation. If they do, that spot would only come up three times the remainder of the season.