Dodgers uncertain if Carlos Frias can make next start

Dodgers uncertain if Carlos Frias can make next start
Dodgers right-hander Carlos Frias delivers a pitch against the Diamondbacks in his last start on June 30 in Phoenix. (Norm Hall / Getty Images)



are uncertain if

Carlos Frias

will make his scheduled start Monday against the

Philadelphia Phillies

since the rookie right-hander is dealing with lower back problems that limited him in his last appearance.

“He was OK today,” Manager

Don Mattingly

said. “I don’t think quite as good as we’d like him to be, so I think we’re still kind of talking about that. We haven’t really made a decision on that yet.”

Frias was able to throw a bullpen session, but Mattingly said the discomfort “wasn’t like free and just totally out of his mind.”

Frias underwent an MRI examination that revealed no structural problems with his back.

“That doesn’t mean he’s not still feeling some pain,” Mattingly said.

Frias pitched five innings in his most recent start, which was against the

Arizona Diamondbacks

on Tuesday.

Frias has pitched in 14 games for the Dodgers this season, including 12 starts. He is 5-5 with a 4.94 earned-run average.