The Dodgers want a sixth starter to provide pitchers with an extra day of rest while in the midst of a 20-day stretch without break. Their next scheduled off-day is May 26, when they travel to New York for a series against the Mets.
Clayton Kershaw will start Tuesday night in the homestand finale against the Angels, remaining on a five-day cycle. But Ross Stripling, credited with his first Major League victory Friday night, delayed his bullpen session a day until Monday, putting him on schedule to start Thursday in Anaheim.
A solid start from Bolsinger would likely trigger a competition with Stripling for the fifth-starter spot, at least until Hyun-Jin Ryu or Brandon McCarthy are ready for Major League action. Ryu (shoulder surgery) made his first rehab start on Sunday and McCarthy (elbow surgery), possibly within the next week.
Activating Bolsinger will require a corresponding roster move on Wednesday.
Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.