LOS ANGELES — That four-man rotation the Los Angeles Dodgers thought they would be using through the upcoming week might be altered.
The club is hopeful that Bud Norris will take his regular turn in the rotation next weekend after leaving Sunday's start in the first inning with muscle tightness in his back. But even before Norris' injury scare, the Dodgers were considering rotation changes.
The Dodgers already have scheduled Brandon McCarthy, Kenta Maeda and Scott Kazmir to start at Colorado in games Tuesday-Thursday. Those pitchers, along with Norris, have comprised the team’s rotation since July 21, when Julio Urias was called up for a spot start.
The Dodgers have been able to reduce the rotation by a man because of a number of recent off days. The schedule could have enabled them to go with the four-man setup until Saturday at home against the Boston Red Sox, but changes could be ahead.
“We could go that route or we could insert a starter to give guys an extra day,” Roberts said. “We haven’t made that decision.”
If the Dodgers trade for a starter, that would the logical fifth member of the rotation. Roberts said a new arm could be inserted as soon as this week’s series at the Colorado Rockies whether it is via trade or is an in-house candidate.