The Dodgers will throw Mike Bolsinger out to the mound for the Anaheim portion of the freeway series, starting Wednesday. Bolsinger won the fifth spot in the Dodgers starting rotation, but was injured and lost the spot to Ross Stripling.
After being sidelined for seven weeks with a strained oblique, Bolsinger made two rehab starts with Triple-A Oklahoma City. He allowed two runs in eight innings and struck out seven batters. Dave Roberts said Wednesday Bolsinger will have an 80-pitch limit and will probably go about five innings.
Bolsinger gets thrust into his first start of the season as the Dodgers are coming off a big win against the Angels Tuesday night. His return also gives the rest of the Dodgers a bit of a rest. Clayton Kershaw has been pitching like an MVP, Kenta Maeda is still adjusting to the majors, Alex Wood has been shaky and Stripling is still pitching like a rookie.
Bolsinger isn’t going to be the savior for the Dodgers rotation. But any extra rest for the Dodgers pitchers is only going to do some good. He was 6-6 last year with a 3.68 ERA and 98 strikeouts in 21 games.
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