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Dodgers alter rotation to give Nolasco extra rest

Dodgers alter rotation to give Nolasco extra rest

Dodgers alter rotation to give Nolasco extra rest

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers will shuffle their starting rotation following Monday's off-day, pushing back Ricky Nolasco and keeping Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw on regular rest to start against the Yankees.

Nolasco will start on Thursday in the opener of a four-game series against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. Greinke will start on Tuesday against the Yankees at Dodger Stadium and Kershaw will follow on Wednesday.

Nolasco was the only starter who did not get extra rest during the All-Star break. The right-hander started the final game before the break and the first game of the second half. Nolasco has not made it past the sixth inning in any of his past three outings.

"Ricky didn't get any time during the break, so we looked at this as a stretch to be able to flip Ricky back and give him a couple of extra days," manager Don Mattingly said.

Left-handers Hyun-Jin Ryu and Chris Capuano will follow Nolasco.

Stephen Fife, on the disabled list with right shoulder bursitis, could join the rotation soon if everything goes well with his rehab process. Fife is scheduled to make a Minor League rehab start Saturday with Triple-A Albuquerque. Capuano could be a candidate to move to the bullpen if the Dodgers opt to add Fife to the rotation.

"We'll see how he comes out of that and then start making plans," Mattingly said.

Austin Laymance is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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