Mat Latos out, Juan Nicasio returns to Dodgers’ bullpen.

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Mat Latos won’t be with the Dodgers during their three-game series in Cincinnati. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

CINCINNATI — Pitcher Mat Latos won’t be available out of the bullpen for the Dodgers’ three-game series against the Reds. Latos went to the Dodgers’ Camelback Ranch facility in Glendale, Arizona to throw a simulated game Monday and is expected to join the team in Los Angeles. He’s scheduled to start Saturday against the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium.

“It didn’t make any sense to fly him in here,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. “He has to continue to throw then fly back to L.A. At this point we really won’t use him out of the bullpen anymore; it kind of got to the point where we really can’t use him.”

Juan Nicasio was activated from the disabled list earlier today and is available for tonight’s game. Nicasio had four scoreless outings to begin the month of August when he was sidelined by a strained muscle in the middle of his abdomen.

Mattingly indicated that Nicasio will be used similar to how he was in the past — that is, in high-leverage situations as a set-up man to closer Kenley Jansen.

Mat Latos will pitch out of the bullpen during the Dodgers’ road trip.

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Mat Latos, who is winless in his first three starts since joining the Dodgers July 30, will pitch out of the bullpen during the Dodgers’ three-city road trip. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

OAKLAND — Alex Wood, not Mat Latos, will start for the Dodgers on Wednesday against the A’s. Latos is available out of the bullpen tonight and will be for the duration of the road trip, manager Don Mattingly said.
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Dodgers’ starting rotation will remain intact at least the next six days.

Despite off-days next Monday and Thursday, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said he will keep his starting pitchers in turn for the two-game series in Oakland next Tuesday and Wednesday.

That means Clayton Kershaw will take Tuesday’s start and Mat Latos will pitch Wednesday.

Looking ahead, the Dodgers will host the San Francisco Giants from Aug. 31 to September 2. Right now, if no pitcher skips his turn in the rotation, Kershaw and Zack Greinke will miss that series entirely.

“We haven’t set it yet,” Mattingly said of his rotation for the Giants series. “We’re just talking about it.”