Kuroda might get extra rest next week

Kuroda might get extra rest next week

LOS ANGELES -- Hiroki Kuroda's next start following his Sunday outing against the Tigers might be made on extra rest, Dodgers manager Joe Torre said Saturday.

Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and John Ely will pitch in succession on the normal four days' rest after Monday's off-day, and the Dodgers will have to come up with a fifth starter by the end of the week. Whomever that pitcher is -- Ramon Ortiz, Carlos Monasterios, Charlie Haeger or someone else -- he could end up pitching Friday night in Colorado, with Kuroda starting on Saturday.

"If you have the choice of an extra day or not, you might as well take it," Torre said.

After Monday, the Dodgers play 16 consecutive games before their next off-day on June 10.

Kuroda, 35, was limited to 117 1/3 innings last season and twice went on the disabled list. He's 5-1 with a 2.87 ERA in eight starts this season and was the team's only consistent pitcher in April.