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Kenta Maeda back to start finale with Cardinals

St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

Kenta Maeda is coming off his best start with the Dodgers, and also coming off an extended rest period, missing two weeks on the disabled list with what was termed hamstring tightness by the team. With his start on Thursday against the Cardinals, the Dodgers could be back to a relatively normal starting rotation their next few trips through.

The first seven weeks of this season has seen the Dodgers juggle six and sometimes seven starting pitchers through five slots. To date, only 15 of 47 Dodgers starts have come on four days rest, and five of those have been Clayton Kershaw.

The rest of the staff has been slotting in whenever possible. Five of the seven starters have taken turns either on the disabled list or in the minors, and a sixth — Alex Wood — spent time in the bullpen.

But with Urias in Triple-A for the moment trying to fix what ails him, news came Wednesday that Hyun-jin Ryu won’t be starting anytime soon:

Depending on how things shake out, the next few weeks has the potential to look almost like a normal, five-man starting rotation.

But you know what they say about making plans.

Game info

Time: 7:10 p.m. PT

TV: SportsNet LA, MLB Network