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Mat Latos to be skipped in Dodger rotation

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

Juan Ocampo/Los Angeles Dodgers

By Jon Weisman

Don Mattingly told reporters today that Mat Latos would pitch out of the bullpen during this roadtrip, with Alex Wood moving up to start Wednesday at Oakland.

Latos has allowed 21 baserunners while striking out eight in 14 2/3 innings since being acquired by the Dodgers. He pitched six innings of one-run ball in his Dodger debut August 2, but allowed 10 earned runs in 8 2/3 innings over his next two starts.

The move also could help ensure Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw both pitch in the series against the Giants at Dodger Stadium from August 31-September 2, though obviously that is still a couple weeks off.


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  1. I still have my doubts about Latos as I’ve said before. Why do you suppose Mattingly skipped him?

    • Jon Weisman

      Well, they don’t need a fifth starter with the off days this week, so it gives them an opportunity to get back to Greinke/Kershaw sooner.

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