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.
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.
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.”
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.
The Dodgers will have two off-days in the same week next Monday and Thursday when they hit the road to face the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays.
The scheduling quirk will afford manager Dave Roberts a rare opportunity to shuffle his rotation or give all his starting pitchers an extra day of rest — two in some cases.
“We’re talking about kind of moving some things around maybe, but right now we’re going to keep things as is,” Roberts said. “With Ross (Stripling), and just kind of with his usage, that’s something still in his infancy. We’re trying to figure out what’s best for our club. Trying to figure out what makes sen for him and for us.”
Stripling is on an innings limit this season that the Dodgers haven’t disclosed. Four starts into the season, the rookie right-hander has a 3.22 earned-run average and has accrued 22 ⅓ innings.