On Wednesday, Dodger manager Don Mattingly announced his starting rotation for the Washington series to begin the second half of the 2015 season. After being roughed up in Cincinnati in the All-Star Game on Tuesday evening, Clayton Kershaw will be starting in the first Dodger game after the break on Friday in Washington.
Mike Bolsinger will get the start on Saturday and Zack Greinke, who also pitched in the All-Star Game, will go to the mound against the Nats on Sunday. Washington has yet to announce their pitching matchups for the three-game series in D.C.
*Update* Mike Bolsinger will get the start on Friday, and Clayton Kershaw starts on Saturday. Extra rest for Kershaw is always nice.
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Zack Greinke will get a bit of extra rest after making 39 pitches while striking out four batters in two innings in his All-Star Game start. Ironically, Clayton Kershaw made 22 pitches in his start and was pegged with the loss for the National League.
Last Saturday, I attended Brandon Beachy‘s first start for the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium and his first major league start in nearly two years. Beachy lasted four innings, and he most likely will be slotted into the Dodgers rotation in Carlos Frias‘s spot. Don Mattingly wanted to separate Frias and Mike Bolsinger in the rotation in the second half in order to lesson the load on the Dodger bullpen.
Carlos Frias was placed on the 15-day disabled list on July 5th with with lower back tightness, and he is scheduled to pitch a rehab game for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes during the All-Star break before the Dodgers decide where to use him. Frias has not pitched for the Dodgers since June 30th versus Arizona.
Brandon Beachy’s second start since coming back from his second Tommy John surgery will probably be in Atlanta.
In other news, the Dodgers acquired left-handed pitcher Grant Dayton from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-hander and former first-round draft pick Chris Reed on Wednesday. Reed was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Friday when they claimed reliever Preston Guilmet off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays. Reed was never able to transition successfully to a relief role.