CINCINNATI — Paco Rodriguez insists he's fine. So does
But the two relievers didn't look fine Saturday, combining to retire only two of the seven batters they faced and giving up the game-tying and game-winning runs in the Dodgers' 10-inning loss to the
"I have no pains, no aches, nothing," Rodriguez said. "It's just a matter of making quality pitches and I haven't done that."
Rodriguez, who was pitching at the University of Florida 16 months ago, has appeared in a team-high 69 games, throwing 50 innings. Last summer, between the majors and minors, he pitched only 192/3 innings.
"The only concern with Paco that we have probably is we've got to make sure that we take care of him," Manager
Rodriguez has given up two earned runs this month, more than he gave up in 36 consecutive appearances from early June through the end of August.
Mattingly is also worried about Wilson, who was shaking his right arm after walking
"I'm fine," Wilson said, adding that shaking an arm that has twice undergone Tommy John surgery was "what pitchers do."
Mattingly isn't so sure given that the run was the first Wilson has given up in nine games.
"He says fine. But we'll see," Mattingly said.
Sorting out the rotation
The Dodgers hope to get some good news about their battered rotation Sunday when
"It's getting a lot better," Ryu, who was scratched from his last start, said through an interpreter. "I need to gauge how I'm doing but I'm not worried."
Ryu is in line to rejoin the rotation Wednesday against Arizona but Mattingly is less confident about
"He was smart enough just to stop. Hopefully, it's not something that's going to be major or really long term," Mattingly said.