Carlos Frias is 4-5 with a 4.54 earned-run average as a starter for the Dodgers this season. (Associated Press photo)
Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias, on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right lower back area, will start a game for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga during the All-Star break, Don Mattingly said Saturday. He wasn’t sure whether it would be Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.
Frias is expected to throw a 40-pitch live BP session to hitters at Camelback Ranch in Glendale, Arizona on Sunday. He is eligible to return from the DL as soon as the Dodgers return from the break Friday in Washington, D.C.
In the meantime, the Dodgers must decide whether Frias returns to the rotation or goes to the bullpen once healthy. He’s done both in his brief major league career.
Frias allowed a total of seven runs in his first four starts (a 2.82 earned-run average) this season, then allowed 27 earned runs in his next eight (a 5.40 ERA) before he was hurt.
The annual Single-A All-Star Game between the California and Carolina Leagues is tonight at LoanMart Field in Rancho Cucamonga. Former Dodgers third baseman Ron Cey will be there as an honorary manager. So will the Dodgers’ 1988 World Series Trophy. Dodgers prospects Cody Bellinger (1B) and Brandon Trinkwon (2B) will start on the right side of the infield.
The game is scheduled to begin at 7:35 p.m. You can find more information about the game here.
Brandon Beachy‘s long-awaited return to the mound finally arrived. The right-hander started and pitched 1 ⅔ innings Tuesday for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, his first rehab game since undergoing a second Tommy John surgery last spring.
Beachy allowed one walk and struck out one of the six batters he faced. This was the first day of 30 he will have to complete the minor-league rehab assignment. He’s expected to use all 30 days.
Brandon League also appeared in the game, his first back-to-back appearances since beginning his rehab from a spring shoulder injury. League allowed one hit and struck out one batter in a scoreless third inning.
Beachy will probably remain at Single-A for now, while League is expected to join Triple-A Oklahoma City before returning to the Dodgers in a week.