Garland to debut Friday against Cardinals

Garland to debut Friday against Cardinals

Garland to debut Friday against Cardinals
SAN FRANCISCO -- Jon Garland will start for the Dodgers on Friday night against the Cardinals, manager Don Mattingly said Monday after the club sent pitcher John Ely back to Triple-Albuquerque and recalled outfielder Jamie Hoffmann from the Isotopes.

Ely made the spot start Sunday for Garland, who instead made a rehab start at Class A Rancho Cucamonga to ensure that a strained oblique muscle was fully healed. Garland allowed three runs in 4 2/3 innings, but came out of it healthy.

"It feels exactly how it would if I went out and pitched a game," said Garland, who missed a Major League start for the first time in 10 years and didn't agree with management that it was necessary. "Last night I was packing and I remembered how it felt after a start, my body achy and tired, there it is, but in a good way. If I can start there, I can start anywhere, right?"

After being removed from that game, Garland went to the bullpen to up his pitch count to 90. Meanwhile, Ely pitched into the sixth inning, but allowed four runs and a pair of home runs to the Padres in a 7-2 loss.

The Dodgers won't activate Garland until Friday, so in the meantime they brought up Hoffmann to give them an extra bat. The choice of Hoffmann meant that outfielder Jay Gibbons, who started the season with Albuquerque on a rehab assignment, still hasn't overcome vision problems that have plagued him since a "touch-up" laser operation over the winter.

"He had trouble with his contacts in the wind," Mattingly said of Gibbons. "We've got to get him right first before we do anything there. I don't know what to say about that."