Dodgers to give Mat Latos another start Wednesday vs. Angels
Mat Latos is still here. He’s still starting, too.
Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly, after appearing uncertain of the struggling Latos’ status the last couple of days, said Monday that the right-hander would start Wednesday in Anaheim against the Angels.
Mainly because his Aug. 2 Dodgers debut against the Angels has been his only strong effort in five starts for his new team.
“He pitched pretty good against these guys in his first outing,” Mattingly said.
Latos gave up just one run on four hits and a walk in his previous start against the Angels. In his next four starts, he’s gone 0-2 with an 8.31 earned-run average and has been unable to complete five innings.
After giving up four runs and eight hits in the four innings of his last start Thursday in San Diego, Mattingly would not commit to Latos remaining in the rotation.
“I’m sure it’s something we talk about,” Mattingly said.
He’s going to get at least one more start.
And Mike Bolsinger might, too. Mattingly said the Dodgers, and team trainer Stan Conte, were still evaluating the calf cramp that forced Brett Anderson out of Sunday’s game in San Diego.
“We’re going to see what happens with Brett today and see where Stan is with that, and then try to make a really good decision with that and go forward,” he said.
Mattingly said Bolsinger could start this weekend in Arizona as the Dodgers continue to manipulate their rotation down the stretch, centering it around aces Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.
“We’re going to take care of Zack and going to take care of Clayton,” Mattingly said. “Obviously you want to pitch them as much as you can, but you don’t want to overdo it. Kind of the same way with Brett.
“Then I think you look at the other guys as an opportunity to match up as best we can. Give guys a little extra rest --[a] what’s-best-for-everyone type thing. You don’t want to think one guy is more important than another, but you prioritize your guys you want to take care of first, then you work your other guys in around that to hopefully take care of everyone.”
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