Manager Dave Roberts announced at his pre-game media scrum that right-handed pitchers Kenta Maeda and Ross Stripling will be going to the bullpen. He also said left-handed pitcher Hyun-jin Ryu will be activated next week to start against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Dave Roberts said Stripling has earned the opportunity to continue to start, and the Dodgers hope to return him to the rotation at some point this season. But the bullpen needs help now.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 12, 2018
Dave Roberts credited Ross Stripling and Kenta Maeda for their "unselfishness." Maeda is likely to stay in the 'pen for the duration. As for Stripling?— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) August 12, 2018
"Our hope is to get Ross back in the starting rotation," Roberts said. "He's earned it."
Roberts also said that left-handed pitcher Julio Urias will make his next rehab appearance with Tulsa next week. Given the moves made with Maeda and Stripling, perhaps the timetable for Urias will not be sped up.
Originally, the plan for Urias was to build him up as a multi-inning reliever, there was thought that could change. Time will tell.
And while there has been no change with Kenley Jansen, Andrew Friedman did say when the team expects to know more.
Andrew Friedman on Kenley Jansen: "He's going for a follow-up appointment on Aug. 20, so (a return) could be anywhere from then to sometime in Sept, we're not sure. ... Quality of life aspect, his health is the most important thing."— Dodger Insider (@DodgerInsider) August 11, 2018
The Dodgers bullpen situation remains the same for the next two games, expect player movement to begin next Tuesday if not sooner.