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Revised starting rotation moves Bolsinger to Friday, Kershaw to Saturday

Mike Bolsinger has 69 strikeouts in 73 innings this year. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

Mike Bolsinger has 69 strikeouts in 73 innings this year. (Jon SooHoo/Los Angeles Dodgers)

By Jon Weisman

The Dodgers have decided to give Clayton Kershaw an extra day of rest after the All-Star Game after all, meaning that Mike Bolsinger will take the hill on Friday at Washington, with Kershaw on Saturday and Zack Greinke still going Sunday.

Bolsinger went six innings on July 10, allowing two runs on five baserunners while striking out six, in his longest start since June 8. He will pitch Friday on six days’ rest.

Kershaw’s start on Saturday will be on three days’ rest after throwing 22 pitches at the All-Star Game, and nine days’ rest since his last regular season start. Greinke will be on four days’ rest after his 39 pitches at the All-Star Game.

Washington is scheduled to go with Jordan Zimmermann on Friday, Doug Fister on Saturday and Max Scherzer on Sunday.


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  1. Unfortunately, this eliminates the very logical idea that having someone between Kershaw and Greinke would give the bullpen some extra rest, and I wonder what the reasoning is for not going with that approach?

    • So they can both pitch against the Nats is only logical reason to me. Now you have to go with Beachy after Greinke, then Anderson, to split up Bolsinger and Beachy. Of course i expect another pitcher to replace either BolsingerBeachy or Frias soon and that will help.

    • Jon Weisman

      The main point was to split the 4 and 5 starters. They’ll do that with Brett Anderson.

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