The Dodgers look to rebound from Friday's loss in the middle game of their series against the Braves at Turner Field. Andre Ethier, who was held out of the starting lineup as a day or rest on Friday, is back in the lineup on Saturday night. He is 4-for-6 with two doubles in his career against Atlanta starter Kris Medlen.
Scott Van Slyke, who homered twice on Friday, sits on Saturday.
Chris Capuano gets the start for the Dodgers, and will pitch to Tim Federowicz, as catcher A.J. Ellis gets a game off.
Ramon Hernandez has played just one of the last 16 games, while Federowicz is making his second start since getting recalled on May 8, and he has also been used as a pinch hitter five times during that span. Either Hernandez or Luis Cruz are candidates to be designated for assignment when Mark Ellis returns from the disabled list. But that might not come on Sunday, as previously thought, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.
Mark Ellis is unlikely to be activated tomorrow, according to Don Mattingly. Ellis scheduled to play 6 innings in AA today.— Dylan Hernandez (@dylanohernandez) May 18, 2013
Hernandez also reported that Ted Lilly will be activated on this road trip, and that it "could be in a bullpen role." Considering Lilly's inability to hold runners, it would be hard to see him in anything other than a mop-up, long man role if in the bullpen. Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register was more specific:
#Dodgers mgr Don Mattingly said Ted Lilly will be activated from DL on Monday. Doesn't sound like he knows what to do with him though— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 18, 2013
Time: 4:10 p.m.