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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Dodgers recall Mike Bolsinger, who will start Wednesday.

Mike Bolsinger

Mike Bolsinger made 21 starts for the Dodgers last year, going 6-6 with a 3.62 ERA. He will reportedly start Wednesday in Anaheim. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers have recalled Mike Bolsinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City, and the pitcher will reportedly start Wednesday’s game in Anaheim.

Update (4:40 p.m.): Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed that Bolsinger starts tomorrow.

“We’re optimistic he’ll get us for sure through five” innings, Roberts said. “Every starter will get an extra day.”

The Dodgers are in the midst of 20 straight games without a day off. The Dodgers’ pitching staff was further taxed when Kenta Maeda threw a season-low four innings in a 7-6 loss to the Angels on Monday night. Roberts said that Bolsinger could possible remain in a bullpen role.

Roberts added that Bolsinger will be on an 80-pitch limit. The right-hander will throw a light bullpen session today.
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Game 36: Ross Stripling’s first major league win comes at the expense of a familiar foe.

A.J. Ellis

The St. Louis Cardinals committed four errors and also ran into an out when Kolten Wong was tagged out in this rundown between third base and home plate. (Getty Images)

Ross Stripling‘s first major league win (and his first hit) came against his college roommate, Michael Wacha, and the Dodgers pulled two games above .500 for the first time since April 27 with an 8-4 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The box score is here.

This is what Wacha said about Stripling after the game:

Dave Roberts filled out his 30th different lineup (excluding the pitcher’s spot) in 36 games, but he says the players aren’t complaining.

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What to watch for in Ross Stripling’s start against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Ross Stripling

Ross Stripling is a candidate to join the Dodgers’ bullpen at some point this season to preserve his innings. (Jose Carlos Fajardo/Bay Area News Group)

There is an innings limit hovering over Ross Stripling in 2016, his first full season back from Tommy John surgery. There are also innings limits for prospects Julio Urias (probably around 100) and Jose De Leon (probably around 130) at Triple-A, with Stripling’s limit probably falling somewhere in between. Those are all educated guesses.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has acknowledged that making Stripling a reliever later this season is possible, to preserve his innings while still allowing him to help the major league team.

“We talked about it,” Roberts said Friday, “but where we’re at right now, we haven’t thought more about that. Haven’t ruled it out but really haven’t revisited it.”
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Game 25: San Diego Padres hand Dodgers sixth loss in a row.

Ross Stripling couldn’t pitch past the fifth inning and the Dodgers’ offense again offered little support in losing their sixth straight game. The game story is here. The box score is here.

Yasiel Puig was given a day to clear his mind.

Yaisel Sierra made his long-awaited debut for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga.

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