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Latos' scratch has ripple effect on LA rotation

ANAHEIM -- Dodgers right-hander Mat Latos was scratched from his scheduled start on Wednesday due to neck stiffness, and right-hander Joe Wieland made his second start of the season in the Dodgers' 3-2 loss to the Angels in the Freeway Series finale at Angel Stadium.

"The length of time, I don't know. These things usually appear quickly and go quickly," manager Don Mattingly said. "It started yesterday, and they sent him home before the game. They were hoping it would get better, but it didn't."

This shuffles up the Dodgers' rotation for the foreseeable future.

Alex Wood starts on Friday with an extra day of rest, Mike Bolsinger slides into the rotation Saturday with three extra days of rest, followed by Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Brett Anderson will start on Tuesday, nine days after he was pulled with a cramping left calf.

"I don't think Brett really wanted it, but for us it made the most sense," Mattingly said. "Going into the year, we were worried about the number of starts, the number of innings. With this opportunity, and the fact that the calf shows up at all, it gives him a few extra days. It allows up to set up the lefties against Colorado."

Wieland has spent most of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City. In his first start, on May 6 against the Brewers, Wieland allowed six runs in 4 2/3 innings and was charged with the loss.

Wieland was told he was being sent down to Oklahoma City following last Wednesday's win over the Giants. After getting on a flight Thursday morning, the Dodgers decided they wanted to keep him on the active roster, so after a four-hour layover in Oklahoma, Wieland rejoined the squad in San Diego.

Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for
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