Dodgers announce back end of rotation for NLDS
Mattingly tabs Ryu, Nolasco to pitch Games 3 and 4, respectively
ATLANTA -- Hyun-Jin Ryu and Ricky Nolasco are scheduled to pitch Games 3 and 4 of the National League Division Series for the Dodgers, manager Don Mattingly announced Wednesday.
Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke were earlier listed as the Dodgers' starters for Games 1 and 2 that will be played in Atlanta on Thursday and Friday nights. Games 3 and 4 (if needed) are scheduled to be played in Los Angeles on Sunday and Monday.
Mattingly said there has been no discussion of bringing Kershaw back on short rest for a Game 4 start if the Dodgers face elimination. Kershaw never has pitched on three days' rest, but he said he was not opposed to it.
The Dodgers are expected to submit an 11-man pitching staff when rosters are due at 7 a.m. PT Thursday, in which case Nolasco would probably be the emergency long reliever if something were to happen to Kershaw in Game 1.
Ryu had a 2.12 ERA and no decisions in two starts against the Braves, the one at Turner Field coming with an alarming five walks in five innings. He went 7-4 both home and away, but with a 3.69 ERA on the road and a 2.32 ERA at home.
Nolasco won his only start against the Braves this year, while with Miami, allowing two runs in seven innings with seven strikeouts at Turner Field.
But Nolasco hasn't looked the same since a Sept. 9 start at home against the D-backs, when he allowed one unearned run in 6 2/3 innings. To that point, Nolasco had thrown six consecutive quality starts. His ERA, 3.85 when he was acquired from Miami in early July, had been trimmed to 3.14.
But in three starts after that, Nolasco allowed 17 earned runs in 12 innings. Mattingly wrote off two of those starts because they were against the Giants, which he called a bad matchup for Nolasco.
Asked at Tuesday's Dodger Stadium workout if he was healthy, Nolasco said: "I'm fine. I'm 100 percent or I wouldn't be out here."
Nolasco has pitched only one inning of relief since Sept. 25. He threw a bullpen session during Thursday's workout at Turner Field. A Game 4 start next Monday would give Nolasco 11 days between starts.
Ryu started the last regular-season game Sunday and pitched four innings. His Game 3 start Sunday will give him six days between starts.
Moylan accepts role of cheerleader, scout
ATLANTA -- The Dodgers brought a handful of extra players on the flight to Atlanta, one of them being veteran reliever Peter Moylan.
Moylan concedes he doesn't expect to make Thursday's roster cut, but the witty Aussie keeps the clubhouse loose and he has one advantage over everybody else on the Dodgers. He played the previous seven seasons in Atlanta, so he knows the competition. Although the Dodgers had scouts following the Braves the final weeks of the season, Moylan is available for added reconnaissance.
"They haven't really asked me a lot, but I'm more than happy if that's my role," said Moylan, who pitched most of this season for Triple-A Albuquerque, with 14 appearances in two callups to the Dodgers. "I'll grab that role and run with it."
Moylan said even being included in the travel party is a "nice surprise," especially as he still has a home in the Atlanta area.
"The competitive side of me wants to pitch every day, but I also know a bunch of guys in the bullpen had phenomenal years and deserve to be on [the roster] more than I do," he said.
Rodriguez overwhelmed by birth of son
ATLANTA -- Paco Rodriguez rejoined the Dodgers on Wednesday after becoming a father for the first time Sunday.
Rodriguez missed Sunday's regular-season finale, as well as Tuesday's Dodger Stadium workout, to be in Tempe, Ariz., with girlfriend Chanel Brown for the birth of Eli Jacob Rodriguez.
It wasn't until Rodriguez was at the Phoenix airport waiting for his Tuesday flight to Atlanta that the enormity of the event hit him.
"I think I was in shock, but at the airport, I was by myself and I started crying with happiness," said the 22-year-old Rodriguez. "I texted my mom, I called Chanel. At the hospital, I was just in the moment, trying to keep it as simple as possible. But at the airport, it all kind of came out."
Rodriguez met Brown at the University of Florida when he was playing baseball and she was playing volleyball.
Rodriguez said he threw a 20-pitch bullpen session to stay sharp while in Arizona.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.