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Buehler to start for Dodgers next weekend

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ANAHEIM -- Walker Buehler reported no physical problems after throwing a five-inning simulated game on Sunday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler will start one of next weekend's games against the Angels at Dodger Stadium.

Buehler faced teammates Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Chase Utley and Minor Leaguer Jon Littell.

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ANAHEIM -- Walker Buehler reported no physical problems after throwing a five-inning simulated game on Sunday, and Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler will start one of next weekend's games against the Angels at Dodger Stadium.

Buehler faced teammates Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor, Chase Utley and Minor Leaguer Jon Littell.

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"I thought he threw the ball really well," said Roberts. "He pitched well in Rancho, efficient. Today, facing big league hitters, built him up. The stuff was sharp. I think I heard he touched 97, so the velo was good. He'll throw a 'pen Wednesday and then we've got to figure out where we pencil him in. He will start before the All-Star break."

This workout was designed to increase Buehler's pitch count and came five days after an impressive three-plus innings in a Minor League rehab start for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. 

"It's fun to face your buddies and guys you play with, and guys like Chase, who's seen enough pitches that you can ask him specifically what this looks like," said Buehler. "It's not a big league game, but it's as close as you can get."

Buehler had been placed on the 10-day disabled list for the second time after being drilled in the rib cage on May 21 by a Trevor Story 108-mph line drive. Buehler remained in that game and made three more starts before pain and breathing trouble in a June 8 start led to a scan that revealed a micro fracture.

Buehler's return will give the Dodgers six healthy starting pitchers, joining Clayton Kershaw, Ross Stripling, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda and Alex Wood. The Dodgers have not disclosed their rotation plans for after the All-Star break.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers for MLB.com since 2001.

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