Dodgers acquire Jesse Chavez from Toronto for Mike Bolsinger.

Jesse Chavez

New Dodgers pitcher Jesse Chavez went 7-15 for the Toronto Blue Jays as a starter in 2015, and 1-2 with a 4.57 ERA as a reliever in 2016. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers have acquired right-handed pitcher Jesse Chavez from the Toronto Blue Jays. Chavez, 32, has made 39 appearances out of the bullpen this season, going 1-2 with a 4.57 earned-run average.

The Dodgers are sending right-hander Mike Bolsinger to the Blue Jays. Toronto also sent cash considerations to the Dodgers. Chavez is owed $4 million this season, while Bolsinger was owed $515,000, close to the major league minimum.

Earlier Monday, the Dodgers acquired Rich Hill and Josh Reddick from the Oakland A’s for Frankie Montas, Jharel Cotton and Grant Holmes.

Chavez is an alumnus of Miller High School in Fontana and Riverside City College.

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Dodgers’ Wednesday starter remains to be determined.

Carlos Frias

Carlos Frias is scheduled to start Monday for Triple-A Oklahoma City, but could make a spot start for the Dodgers on Wednesday instead. (Associated Press photo)

PITTSBURGH — The Dodgers still haven’t identified which pitcher will start Wednesday in Milwaukee.

The front-runner would be right-hander Carlos Frias, who is still listed as the starting pitcher for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Monday, but for a minor procedural problem. He was optioned to Triple-A June 21 and therefore isn’t eligible to be recalled until July 1 per MLB rules. An exception can be made when another player is injured, so any lingering hangnails between now and Wednesday could vault Frias into the Dodgers’ rotation.

Frias has thrown 36 ⅔ innings at Double-A and Triple-A this season since returning from an oblique injury at the start of the season. He has a combined 3.93 ERA across a mix of good and bad outings. The last one was good: 5 ⅓ innings of shutout ball Wednesday in Oklahoma City against Round Rock.

Frias would be pitching with an extra two days’ rest, however. Brock Stewart, who started only the third Triple-A game of his career Friday, is already lined up to start Wednesday on regular rest. The 24-year-old right-hander has performed well at Oklahoma City (six earned runs, 27 strikeouts in 18 ⅔ innings) in a small sample size. Stewart, the Dodgers’ sixth-round pick in 2014 out of Illinois State, began the year at Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

Dave Roberts didn’t rule out Stewart in his pregame scrum Sunday. He did rule out right-hander Mike Bolsinger, and previously ruled out Hyun-jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy. Ross Stripling is out; he’ll piggyback off Ryu’s next rehab start for Oklahoma City on Tuesday. So is prospect Jose De Leon, who threw 77 pitches in 3 ⅓ innings Saturday, and Nick Tepesch, who was designated for assignment after his spot start Friday.

Roberts did say the team is looking internally and that a bullpen game is unlikely:
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Game 71: Kenta Maeda stands tall, Dodgers come back to beat Milwaukee Brewers.

Chase Utley

Chase Utley is tagged out at home plate by Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 2-1 win Sunday. (David Crane/Staff photographer)


Kiké Hernandez‘s eighth-inning home run, and Yasmani Grandal‘s bases-loaded walk in the ninth inning, lifted the Dodgers to a 2-1 win over the Milwaukee Brewers. Kenta Maeda was excellent. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Mike Bolsinger was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City and Carlos Frias was recalled for the first time this season. Also in that story: Zach Lee was traded to Seattle.

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Game 70: Offensive outburst bails out the Dodgers’ bullpen.

Corey Seager

Dave Roberts welcomes Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager into the dugout. The Dodgers defeated the Brewers 10-6 on Saturday. (John McCoy/Staff photographer)

Dodgers starter Mike Bolsinger was knocked out in the third inning, but the Dodgers found a way to beat the Milwaukee Brewers, 10-6 on Saturday. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Joe Blanton is enjoying his comeback, writes colleague Mark Whicker. The Dodgers want Hyun-Jin Ryu to get his pitches up to speed.

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Game 53: Let the Mike Bolsinger experience begin (again).

Mike Bolsinger

Dodgers pitcher Mike Bolsinger (left) allowed a two-run home run to Kris Bryant but escaped further damage in five innings Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs. (Getty Images)

CHICAGO — Mike Bolsinger‘s best is not as good as Jon Lester‘s best. Bolsinger even hinted that his own family knew that before Wednesday, when the Dodgers lost to the Cubs 2-1. (The box score is here.)

But Bolsinger’s best was still pretty good, and his future in the starting rotation seems stable. That’s due in part to the fact that Alex Wood is down for at least a month with posterior elbow impingement.

Some postgame soundbites:
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