SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers manager Don Mattingly set up his rotation for the next cycle, dropping Nathan Eovaldi as expected and giving Dana Eveland a second start Saturday.
Eveland, called up from Triple-A on Sept. 1 to start against the Pirates, responded by allowing his former club one run over eight innings without a walk. Eovaldi was sent to the bullpen to rest his 21-year-old arm.
Mattingly said he will bring back Eveland -- whose scheduled start in Washington this week was rained out -- on eight days' rest and insert him ahead of the 36-year-old Hiroki Kuroda and the 35-year-old Ted Lilly. They will start Sunday and Monday, respectively, on five days' rest.
"That just makes sense to us," said Mattingly.
If the Dodgers continue with that rotation, Clayton Kershaw would have three starts in addition to the one Friday night against the Giants, with his final home start Sept. 20 against the Giants.
Ethier gets second recommendation for surgery
SAN FRANCISCO -- Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier moved another step closer to right knee surgery Friday when Alabama orthopedist James Andrews agreed with the original diagnosis that Ethier needs a relatively minor cleanup procedure.
No decision will be made, however, until a third opinion arrives from Vail knee specialist Dr. Richard Steadman, who has yet to review Ethier's records.
Team athletic trainer Stan Conte said he expects team doctor Neal ElAttrache to perform the arthroscopic procedure to smooth the underside of Ethier's kneecap and remove loose bodies, probably within the next two weeks.
"I would expect an eight-week rehab and then he can be back to his normal offseason program," said Conte.
Ethier was examined by Andrews in Birmingham on Friday and was headed back to Los Angeles. He would likely rehab the injury under the direction of former Dodgers physical therapist Sue Falsone in Arizona, where Ethier makes his winter home.
Ethier has said he believes the injury occurred when he hyperextended the knee during Spring Training of 2010 and he's played with it for two seasons.
Dodgers players in reach of contract bonuses
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Dodgers have roughly $50 million in payroll potentially coming off the books from 2011, but there still are a few players who can earn additional incentives this year.
Starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, for example, has thrown 178 1/3 innings so far. He's in line to receive another $125,000 when he reaches 180 innings, $175,000 more at 190 innings and $200,000 more if he hits 200 innings.
With 463 plate appearances, Jamey Carroll has already reached $275,000 in incentives, but there's another $125,000 if he gets to 500. That might be tough to reach now that his playing time has diminished with Dee Gordon and Justin Sellers playing almost daily in the middle infield.
Aaron Miles, with 433 plate appearances, has earned $75,000 in bonuses but has another $25,000 coming if he reaches 450.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.