SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers are back to pondering fifth-starter candidates now that Rubby De La Rosa needs Tommy John surgery, and his replacement could be another hard-throwing youngster, Nathan Eovaldi.Manager Don Mattingly was non-committal about who would slide into De La Rosa's spot in the rotation, which was to come up Saturday night. Because of a scheduled day off Thursday, his spot could be skipped and a fifth starter would not be needed until Tuesday. Mattingly didn't deny that Eovaldi's name is near or at the top of the list. "Eovaldi, I've heard, that's for sure," he said. "There are guys that we consistently hear about that are throwing the ball good. That's one I've heard." Eovaldi, only 21, is 6-5 with a 2.62 ERA at Double-A Chattanooga. The Dodgers were able to select him in the 11th round of the 2008 Draft because he had Tommy John surgery in his junior year of high school. Allen Webster and Chris Withrow are also on a Chattanooga pitching staff that has already sent De La Rosa, Javy Guerra and Josh Lindblom to the Dodgers this season. Mattingly said that John Ely, promoted from Triple-A Albuquerque Monday when De La Rosa was placed on the disabled list, would pitch out of the bullpen and apparently not be considered for a start. Ely had started exclusively for Albuquerque.
'Frustrated' Ethier gets a day off
SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier was out of the lineup Tuesday night."Just a day [off]," said manager Don Mattingly, who started Juan Rivera in right field against the Padres. "[Ethier] seemed frustrated last night." Ethier went 0-for-4 Monday night, grounding into a double play in the first inning, grounding out with a runner on second to end the third, lining into a double play to end the fifth and bouncing into a forceout in the eighth. Frustration, with Ethier, usually means he took it out on some inanimate object in the dugout with his bat, which Mattingly would neither confirm nor deny. "He's not hurt. No one else is hurt," said Mattingly. "It's just a day." Ethier was 3-for-14 with five strikeouts against Mat Latos, San Diego's starting pitcher Tuesday night. Rivera had never faced Latos.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.