Maeda was shifted to the bullpen following his start against the Phillies on Thursday, David Vassegh of AM 570 LA Sports reports.
The Dodgers won't need a fifth starter for the remainder of the season thanks to a team off day next week, so Maeda will head back to the bullpen as the team gears up for the playoffs. Maeda was never expected to make the Dodgers' postseason rotation with the likes of Clayton Kershaw, Yu Darvish, Alex Wood and Rich Hill ahead of him, so this move isn't all too surprising. The 29-year-old spent some time in the bullpen earlier in the season, allowing just one run in five innings while striking out seven batters in a pair of appearances. Look for him to serve as an important multi-inning reliever for the Dodgers down the stretch. Sep 21 5:58 pm (EST)
- Maeda will make his next start on Aug. 20 or Aug. 21 against the Phillies, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
- Maeda allowed four runs on four hits while striking out four batters through just three innings during Monday's loss to the Giants. He did not factor into the decision.
- Maeda will get another start next Tuesday against the Giants after manager Dave Roberts announced that the Dodgers will stick with a six-man rotation, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. All Kenta Maeda (R) News
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|Sep 11||L 8 - 6||@ SF||0||0||0||3||4||2||4||0||4|
|Sep 06||L 3 - 1||ARI||0||0||0||5||4||0||0||1||8|
|Aug 31||L 8 - 1||@ ARI||0||1||0||3||8||2||7||1||4|
|Aug 25||W 3 - 1||MIL||1||0||0||6||1||1||1||2||7|
|Aug 20||L 6 - 1||@ DET||0||1||0||6||5||1||4||0||7|
|Aug 13||W 6 - 4||SD||1||0||0||5||4||2||3||1||8|
|Aug 08||L 6 - 3||@ ARI||0||0||0||5||4||1||1||1||6|
|Aug 01||W 3 - 2||@ ATL||1||0||0||7||2||0||0||1||6|
|Jul 25||W 6 - 2||MIN||1||0||0||5||5||0||1||2||4|
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