08/26/11 10:46 PM ET
Dodgers to briefly go with six-man rotation
By AJ Cassavell / MLB.com
Eovaldi, who has impressed thus far with a 2.05 ERA in four outings, likely has two or three more starts this year before the Dodgers move the 21-year-old to the bullpen.
The right-hander's final start will likely come in the middle of a stretch of 24 straight days with games that began on Friday against Colorado.
Mattingly said in order to break up the workload on his starting rotation, he plans to pitch Eovaldi and the callup back-to-back, giving the other starters an extra day of rest.
The team hasn't made any official decisions yet, so Mattingly refused to speculate on who may earn that starting spot. But John Ely, who has appeared in two games with the big league club this season, figures to be the most likely replacement.
Freeway accident delays start of opener
LOS ANGELES -- The start of Friday night's opener between the Rockies and Dodgers was delayed 10 minutes because an accident on the 110 Freeway prevented the umpiring crew from arriving at Dodger Stadium on time.
None of the umpires were involved in the accident, but the congestion it caused pushed the scheduled 7:10 PT start to 7:20.
The game began, as anticipated, with a 7:20 first pitch.
Back from the DL, Jansen raring to go
LOS ANGELES -- Kenley Jansen has a general rule of thumb regarding his health and his job.
"Take care of my health first, and then it's baseball," said a smiling Jansen before Friday's game -- the reliever's first since being activated from the disabled list on Wednesday.
Jansen said he has no regrets with his decision to be placed on blood thinners after he suffered an irregular heartbeat that landed him on the DL in late July.
In two rehab outings with Class A Rancho Cucamonga, Jansen did not allow a hit, and he struck out four batters in two innings. The right-hander said he feels the same physically and mentally as he did when he was placed on the disabled list.
Dating back to June 18, Jansen has thrown 16 consecutive scoreless innings. He said facing live hitters wasn't a problem in his rehab outings because of the work he was able to complete while he was on the blood thinners.
"I didn't get nervous," Jansen said. "I wasn't in the game, but I was doing everything in the bullpen. I feel like I was ready the first time I went out there."
Jansen may have been allowed to work out while on the DL, but he's glad he's off the blood thinners for more reasons than just being able to pitch. Jansen wasn't allowed on the field during batting practice, and he had to wear a helmet while in the bullpen.
As for another injured rookie, Dee Gordon may be set for a rehab appearance as soon as Monday. Manager Don Mattingly said Gordon, out with a bruised shoulder, will be tested this weekend, before the Dodgers determine if he's healthy for Monday.
Sellers to move around upon Gordon's return
LOS ANGELES -- It won't be until Dee Gordon returns from the disabled list that Dodgers manager Don Mattingly will be able to use Justin Sellers the way he's wanted to all along.
Mattingly said he sees his rookie infielder as a Jamey Carroll-type player, one who can play all over the infield. With Gordon nursing a bruised shoulder, however, Mattingly has been forced to use Sellers exclusively at shortstop in Gordon's absence.
Gordon may return next week, and Mattingly said when that happens he plans to use Sellers at second base -- where he played most of the year with Triple-A Albuquerque, and at third base. Sellers spent time at the hot corner during Spring Training.
Mattingly may even give the 25-year-old Huntington Beach native some time in the outfield.
"That's exactly what we've always looked at him as," Mattingly said. "Justin is a guy that can play all over the diamond. He's got good hands, he's not afraid and he's got a little sting in his bat. What we're looking at doing is nothing different than what we did in Spring Training when we moved him all over the place."
Sellers is hitting .267 with a homer and four RBIs in 12 games since his callup. Either he or Eugenio Velez will be sent down when Gordon is called up, but it likely won't matter much because rosters expand to 40 players next Thursday.
Russ Mitchell is another player expected to be called up when rosters expand. Mitchell is hitting .278 with 15 homers this year for Triple-A Albuquerque.
Like Sellers, Mitchell is mostly a utility player. He can play all over the infield -- mostly the corner positions, and he has spent time in the outfield.
Mattingly hinted the Dodgers may try out something new with Mitchell down the stretch, too.
"I don't think I'm letting anything out of the bag because we've talked to him about it -- letting him catch a little bit," Mattingly said. "We'll see him, get him instruction a little bit and maybe he'll catch a little bit in winter ball."
Mitchell has yet to catch a game in his Minor and Major League career.
AJ Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.