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Mat Latos scratched with neck stiffness, Joe Wieland starts for Dodgers

Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

ANAHEIM -- Mat Latos won't be making that start on Wednesday night after all. The right-hander was scratched from his scheduled start with neck stiffness, and Joe Wieland will start in his place in the series finale against the Angels.

This is the first report of an injury for Latos with the Dodgers. Since he was acquired on July 30, the right-hander has a 6.56 ERA in five starts and has failed to complete five innings in each of his last four starts.

Latos first felt the neck stiffness on Tuesday before the second game against the Angels.

"It started yesterday, and they sent him home before the game," manager Don Mattingly said. "They were hoping it would get better, but it didn't."

Wieland, 25, will be making his second start this season for the Dodgers, looking to wipe the memory of his six-run, 4⅔-inning outing on May 6 in Milwaukee.

It was a tough year for Wieland, who failed to last six innings in any outing until July 31, but he proved durable down the stretch for Triple-A Oklahoma City, pitching 39 innings over his last six starts, putting up a 3.00 ERA with 30 strikeouts and seven walks, including lasting at least seven innings three times during that span.

Wieland last pitched on Aug. 26.

Asked on Tuesday if Wieland might be optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City for the PCL playoffs, Mattingly replied, "No, he's still here."

Convenient.

Corey Seager makes his third straight start at shortstop, with Jimmy Rollins still nursing a jammed knuckle on his right index finger. Mattingly said Rollins is expected to return to the starting lineup on Friday.

Adrian Gonzalez gets the nod at designated hitter on Wednesday with Scott Van Slyke manning first base.

Austin Barnes starts at catcher, his sixth start behind the plate this season and first since rejoining the team on Aug. 31. Barnes caught 15 of Wieland's 22 games with Oklahoma City this season.

Scott Schebler gets the start in left field and bats leadoff, his second start this month and third of the season. Carl Crawford sits with back stiffness, though is probably available to pinch hit if needed.

"He could have DH'd, but I wanted to give Adrian an extra day getting off his legs at first base," Mattingly said.