Ross Stripling, Julio Urías to shoulder Rich Hill’s workload Tuesday

first_imgLOS ANGELES – Either Ross Stripling or Julio Urías will start Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s the first turn through the Dodgers’ starting rotation without Rich Hill, who strained the flexor tendon in his left forearm Wednesday.Manager Dave Roberts said that his starting pitcher Tuesday will come “from our roster,” but Stripling was a bit more specific.“Me and Julio will probably piggyback Tuesday in some way,” he said.The choice of who starts might hinge on the Diamondbacks’ lineup that day. Jarrod Dyson, a left-handed hitter, and switch-hitter Ketel Marte have typically batted first and second, in that order. David Peralta, a left-handed hitter, typically bats third. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Stripling, 29, is 3-2 with a 3.08 ERA. He threw two innings out of the bullpen in Thursday’s bullpen game and allowed three unearned runs.Hill, 39, was 4-1 with a 2.55 ERA before the forearm injury sidelined him indefinitely.GOTTA START SOMEWHERESaturday against the Rockies, Joc Pederson made his second start at first base in as many days. Rookie Matt Beaty, who made 10 of his first 11 starts at first base, started in left field for the second consecutive game. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies The experiment in position switches has accelerated because the Dodgers are getting outfielder A.J. Pollock back from the disabled list in July. Pederson will ultimately draw the short straw in a crowded outfield that already includes Alex Verdugo and Cody Bellinger.“As Corey (Seager) and A.J. get back after the break … it’s going to look a little bit different,” Roberts said. “To know what we’re dealing with and the potential of certain players – namely Joc at first base, Beaty in left field – it’s good to run the play out.”Pollock, who is recovering from a staphylococcus infection near his right elbow, ran sprints Saturday afternoon. Seager, recovering from a hamstring strain, fielded ground balls and played catch. He’s expected back in July, too.FREESE AILINGDavid Freese, who’s 9 for 21 as a pinch hitter this season, was unavailable Saturday because of an unspecified knee injury.“The last couple days we’ve stayed away from him,” Roberts said. “We’re going to talk right now and potentially – if we have to make a move or something like that – I’m going to get with David and figure out where he’s at physically.”Freese, 36, has not been placed on the injured list since the Dodgers acquired him from the Pittsburgh Pirates last August. He’s hitting .308 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs this season.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda) vs. Rockies (RHP Antonio Senzatela), 1 p.m., SportsNet LA, 570-AMcenter_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Urías’ workload restriction prevents the Dodgers from keeping him in the starting rotation on an every-fifth-day routine. In his first full season since returning from anterior capsule on his left shoulder, Urías has thrown 44 ⅓ innings through 77 team games. But the Diamondbacks’ potential to send two left-handed hitters to the plate in the first inning might prompt Roberts to start the left-handed Urías – then call Stripling in from the bullpen.Urías, 22, is 3-2 with a 2.84 earned-run average this season. He made his first start since April on Thursday against the Giants, and allowed only one hit over three shutout innings.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more