One day after using Matt Magill for a spot start, the Dodgers will likely need another Triple-A pitcher to make a spot start on Monday. Chris Capuano will likely be scratched with a strained left triceps on Monday, per Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, and will be replaced by Stephen Fife:
"It's not debilitating and it's hard to say whether it would tighten out there. But we want to make sure," (Capuano) said. "I'd like to be able to say I'm 100 percent certain there won't be a problem. The last thing I want is to put the team in position of using the bullpen, not without an off-day coming up. I don't feel it's serious, maybe only a couple of days.
Fife was just activated from the disabled list himself, on Thursday when he was simultaneously optioned to Triple-A. Fife pitched four innings in a minor league rehab start for Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday, and would be on five days rest on Monday.
Fife made one start for the Dodgers this season, on Apr. 21 in Baltimore when he allowed four runs in 4⅔ innings against the Orioles. He was placed on the disabled list shortly thereafter with right shoulder bursitis.
Magill filled in for an injured Hyun-jin Ryu on Sunday in Colorado as Ryu nurses a sore foot. But Magill became the first pitcher in the modern era to allow nine walks and four home runs in the same game.
What's unclear is just what move the Dodgers will make to add Fife to the active roster, especially if Capuano doesn't need to be placed on the disabled list. One option could be placing Carl Crawford on the disabled list if his left hamstring cramp doesn't get any better by Monday.
Because it hasn't yet been 10 days since he was optioned, Fife can only return to the Dodgers if replacing another player on the disabled list.
Assuming Capuano needs to miss just one start, the Dodgers could option Fife to activate Hanley Ramirez on Tuesday, or whenever the shortstop has completed his rehab assignment.