Torre to unleash Maddux in Philly
Dodgers skipper sending newest arm to mound on Friday
LOS ANGELES -- Greg Maddux will resume his Dodgers career when he starts on Friday night in Philadelphia, manager Joe Torre preferring to hold Maddux over for the opener of a series against the Phillies to having him face the Rockies at Dodger Stadium.Here's one reason: Maddux last pitched for San Diego on Friday night, when he lost to the Phillies, but he limited them to a Pat Burrell solo home run in seven innings with four strikeouts and no walks. He's 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA against the Phillies this year, and 2-0 with a 5.40 ERA against the Rockies. Maddux's insertion Friday after six days off will provide an extra day of rest for 20-year-old rookie Clayton Kershaw, who gets pushed back to Saturday. The alignment also allows Maddux to avoid pitching in Arizona, where he's been awful. He's 1-7 with a 6.01 ERA lifetime at Chase Field and 3-11 with a 5.37 ERA against the D-backs. Maddux's acquisition was welcome news throughout the Dodgers clubhouse, except at the locker of Eric Stults, who was optioned to Triple-A for the third time this year, this time without even appearing since his Aug. 14 promotion. Stults left the clubhouse without speaking to reporters, no doubt wondering why a 2-2 record with a 3.18 ERA and a shutout wasn't enough to even get him in a game. He figures to get a September callup, although he hasn't been used in relief this year, so he might spend September just watching. To make room for Maddux on the 40-man roster, reliever Scott Proctor was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. He's been on the shelf for two months with what the club announced as elbow tendinitis.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.