Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon

news

MLB News

Dodgers await Final Vote to set rotation order

Kershaw's participation in All-Star Game would affect second-half plans
MLB.com

LOS ANGELES -- While Clayton Kershaw eagerly waits to see if he is named an All-Star through the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, the Dodgers are just as curious to see if the reigning MVP will make Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile in Cincinnati.

VOTE Kershaw for Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

Full Game Coverage

LOS ANGELES -- While Clayton Kershaw eagerly waits to see if he is named an All-Star through the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote, the Dodgers are just as curious to see if the reigning MVP will make Tuesday's All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile in Cincinnati.

VOTE Kershaw for Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote

Full Game Coverage

If Kershaw makes the Midsummer Classic, it affects how the Dodgers will set their rotation coming out of the break. Manager Don Mattingly has said that he wants to split up Mike Bolsinger and Carlos Frias, who is currently on the disabled list, in order to put less strain on the bullpen.

"We're wanting to get Carlos and Mike split up to make sure our bullpen innings equal over five days instead of all happening at once," Mattingly said. "A little of that depends on what happens with Kersh."

Kershaw is currently third of five finalists in the National League for a single spot in the All-Star Game. Kershaw threw his first shutout of the season Wednesday night, recording a season-high 13 strikeouts. He isn't scheduled to pitch again before the All-Star break, but if he pitches in the All-Star Game, it could make adjusting the rotation order a smoother process.

Frias is currently on the disabled list with lower-back tightness. He threw a bullpen session Thursday and will make a rehab start before returning to the rotation.

"We'd like him to throw a rehab just to prove that it's not going to grab him when he goes full speed," Mattingly said. "Hoping today goes good, if that goes good, then there'll be a rehab start in there somewhere and by then we'll know what's going to happen with Kersh and how we're going to lay it out."

Mattingly declined to name a starter for Frias' spot in the rotation, which will be on Saturday against Milwaukee.

One possibility could be Zach Lee, who has made two starts after dealing with tingling in his fingers in June. The former first-round pick last pitched Monday for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga, lasting five innings, allowing two runs and throwing 76 pitches.

"I've heard his name," Mattingly said. "It looks like he's close to the point where he can give you a full start. So I'm sure he'll be some type of candidate."

Voting is open now at MLB.com to select the final player for each League's 34-man roster via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. Fans can cast their votes from a list of five players from each League until 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

During the All-Star Game presented by T-Mobile in Cincinnati on Tuesday, fans can once again visit MLB.com to submit their choice for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. Voting exclusively at MLB.com, online and via their mobile devices in the 2015 All-Star Game MVP Vote presented by Chevrolet, the fans' collective voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.

MLB.TV Premium subscribers will be able to live stream the All-Star Game via MLB.TV through FOX's participating video providers. Access will be available across more than 400 supported MLB.TV platforms, including the award-winning MLB.com At Bat app. MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities, including the 2015 Gillette Home Run Derby presented by Head & Shoulders, part of Gatorade All-Star Workout Day on Monday. The Derby will feature a new format with brackets and timed rounds and will be broadcast live by ESPN and MLB.com beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The 86th Midsummer Classic will be televised nationally by FOX Sports (coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET), in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS, and worldwide by partners in more than 160 countries. ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network and SiriusXM will also provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage. For more information, please visit allstargame.com.

Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Los Angeles Dodgers, Clayton Kershaw