"Maybe," Rollins said, "maybe not."
The question was bound to be asked.
Rollins' former team, Philadelphia, was at Dodger Stadium for the start of a four-game series. The
Could the Dodgers add Hamels to a rotation that already includes Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke?
"That would be nice," Rollins said.
"Two big-game pitchers are already here. That would be three."
Considering the expected cost for Hamels — not only the $70.5 million the three-time All-Star is owed over the next three seasons, but also the prospects that would have to be sent to the Phillies in return — the Dodgers are likely to explore considerably more modest options as well.
At this point, the addition of any pitcher capable of holding a place in the rotation would count as an upgrade.
Garcia threw a season-high 43 pitches over two innings, in which he was charged with two runs and four hits. He departed with a 3-2 lead, but that advantage soon vanished.
Garcia's replacement on the mound, left-hander
Surkamp was charged with four runs and four hits over 31/3 innings.
Surkamp, 27, was acquired in a trade with the
On this day, he knew he would be pitching as a long reliever.
"I've never really been a long guy at the major league level," Surkamp said.
But he wasn't complaining.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity," he said.
Surkamp entered the game in the third inning and promptly served up a three-run home run to
The problems with the back of the rotation were foreseeable.
The Dodgers went into
Anderson remains healthy and is pitching well — he will enter his start Tuesday with a 3.00 ERA — but Ryu and McCarthy were lost to season-ending operations, prompting the Dodgers to turn to Frias and Mike Bolsinger.
Frias has pitched 51/3 or fewer innings in each of his last four starts. Bolsinger has pitched five or fewer innings in four of his last five.
The loss of Frias has only worsened the situation.
With Frias ineligible to return from the disabled list until after the All-Star break, the Dodgers will have to find a way to replace him for at least one more start.
Rather than asking a group of relievers to get them through another game, the Dodgers could activate Brandon Beachy, a reclamation project they signed in the spring.
Beachy, who is recovering from his second reconstructive elbow operation, pitched in his fifth game of a minor league rehabilitation assignment Monday night. The former