Dodgers designate Nick Tepesch for assignment, leaving Wednesday’s starter TBD.

Nick Tepesch

Nick Tepesch meets with Yasmani Grandal during the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 8-6 win over the Dodgers on Friday. Tepesch was designated for assignment Saturday. (Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — In today’s episode of “As The Fifth Starter Turns,” the Dodgers designated Nick Tepesch for assignment, one day after the right-hander allowed five runs in four innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Dodgers lost 8-6, ending their six game winning streak.

Infielder Chris Taylor was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a corresponding move. Taylor, who was acquired from the Seattle Mariners last week in exchange for pitcher Zach Lee, is in uniform today (wearing number 3). We’ll have more from him later.

For now, the Dodgers’ fifth starter remains a question mark, with the next TBA turn in the rotation looming Wednesday in Milwaukee. It won’t be Hyun-Jin Ryu or Brandon McCarthy, who haven’t built up the requisite arm strength yet in their minor league rehabs, or Carlos Frias, who isn’t eligible to be recalled unless a current pitcher is injured.

Here’s what Dave Roberts said on the topic Saturday:

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Game 71: Kenta Maeda stands tall, Dodgers come back to beat Milwaukee Brewers.

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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.

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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 69: After two 10th-inning walks, Justin Turner walks off the Brewers.

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Justin Turner watches a home run headed for the Dodgers’ bullpen in the first inning of the Dodgers’ 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday. (Hans Gutknecht/Staff photographer)

Justin Turner drove in all the Dodgers’ runs and Julio Urias threw five shutout innings in a 3-2 win over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday at Dodger Stadium. The box score is here.

Dave Roberts was comfortable with the circumstances surrounding Thursday’s infighting, but said he doesn’t have a problem with the team’s intensity.

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Game 68: Two comebacks go for naught in loss to Milwaukee Brewers.

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The Milwaukee Brewers beat the Dodgers, 8-6 on Thursday. (Getty Images)

The Dodgers twice came back from three-run deficits Thursday, only to lose 8-6 to the Milwaukee Brewers. The box score is here.

Alex Wood got some good news: he’ll begin a throwing program next week.

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