"It's about our guys getting rest, not just going every five, every five, every five," he said. "This is all about getting guys extra rest early, knowing a stretch is coming when we're not going to get that."
The Dodgers would need to promote a starting pitcher from Triple-A to make that Thursday start. Unless the Oklahoma City rotation is juggled, the two most likely candidates for a callup would be Mike Bolsinger and Zach Lee.
Meanwhile, Hyun-Jin Ryu continues to make steady progress in his rehab from a left shoulder impingement. He played catch Sunday, throwing changeups and breaking balls, but he still hasn't thrown off a mound. Ryu wouldn't speculate when he would be able to rejoin the club.
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.