understands that he could be asked to pitch out of the bullpen if
claims the fifth spot in the Dodgers rotation.
Maholm said he was informed of the various ways he could be used during the talks that led to his one-year, $1.5-million contract.
But Maholm noted that he pitched in relief only once in his previous nine seasons and made clear he intends to win a place in the rotation.
“I’m going to come in and compete,” Maholm said. “If I pitch well, then things will work out.”
Beckett is recovering from an operation to relieve a nerve problem. The Dodgers have another fifth-starter candidate in
, who isn’t expected to return from reconstructive elbow surgery until May.
said Maholm not only adds depth to the rotation, he will allow the Dodgers’ top pitching prospects to remain in the minors until they are ready for the majors.