Dodgers manager Don Mattingly announced his starting rotation coming out of the All-Star break, when the Dodgers will travel to Washington D.C. and Toronto for a pair of three-game series.
Ricky Nolasco, today’s starter, will pitch on five days’ rest next Friday against the Nationals. He’ll be followed by Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chris Capuano.
If that rotation order holds, Greinke and Kershaw will be the starters July 30 and 31 when the New York Yankees visit Dodger Stadium.
In other rotation news, Mattingly and pitching coach Rick Honeycutt have decided on a plan for injured left-hander Ted Lilly, but the manager wouldn’t say what that plan is.
Lilly, who’s been on the disabled list since June 9 with a sprained neck, is 0-2 with a 5.09 ERA in five starts this season.
“We talked about some different scenarios,” Mattingly said. “We settled on the one we want. We haven’t talked to Teddy yet.”
Ted Lilly’s most glaring fault Monday night wasn’t getting shelled for three innings before having to exit a 12-2 loss to the Rockies with back pain. It was the silence the Dodgers starter maintained about tightness in his back since making his first start of the season five days earlier.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly was none too pleased to discover after the series opener against the Rockies that Lilly, who began the season one the disabled list due to left shoulder labrum surgery, hadn’t informed the Dodgers training staff of his ailment following a five-inning outing against the Mets a week ago in which he only allowed one run.
“He can’t just keep that to himself,” Mattingly said. “Then at least we know going in to the game that we possibly should have a guy that can go four or five innings, instead of having to use the whole group.”
Matt Guerrier allowed two home runs in relief of Matt Magill on Saturday night, further depleting a short-handed Dodgers bullpen. (Associated Press photo)
For all the money the Dodgers have spent building their 2013 roster — about $230 million when the regular season began — they didn’t have a single pitcher available if last night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers had gone to the 12th inning.
That’s not exactly unusual. If taxed enough, any bullpen will run out of arms. The Dodgers didn’t even get to the 10th inning yesterday, but manager Don Mattingly had to line up his possibilities when the Dodgers had runners on second and third base with two outs in the ninth inning.
“I’ve got to bring Josh (Wall) back out” for the 10th inning, Mattingly said. “I’ve got one (inning) with Kenley (Jansen). Then it’s Schu.”