LOS ANGELES -- With the Dodgers badly in need of a win to halt a skid in which they've dropped six of nine games, the club will turn to a pitcher making his first start of the season.
After missing the first two weeks because of a strained left oblique, Jon Garland is set to take the mound for the Dodgers in Friday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Garland went 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA in 200 innings with the Padres last year, and the Dodgers gave Garland a one-year, $5 million contract with the intention of making him their fifth starter.
"Hopefully, Jon gives us that outing that you want and keeps us in the ballgame," manager Don Mattingly said after the Dodgers' 9-5 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.
Garland went 3-2 with a 2.72 ERA in six September starts in 2009 with the Dodgers after a late-season trade, but he's 1-4 with a 5.02 ERA in five career starts against the Cardinals.
Jamie Hoffmann, who started Thursday's game in left field, was optioned back to Triple-A Albuquerque to make room on the active roster Garland.