LOS ANGELES -- Double-A Chattanooga pitcher Nathan Eovaldi was scratched from a start Saturday night and instead made a one-inning relief appearance, fueling speculation that he's about to be called up to the Dodgers.
Manager Don Mattingly was noncommittal when asked about Eovaldi after the Dodgers' win Saturday night over the Astros.
"Not ready to talk about it," he said.
Eovaldi has pitched in relief earlier this year, part of a planned innings reduction the Dodgers give all of their young starters.
But this one-inning appearance -- Eovaldi struck out all three batters he faced -- was a late change and could serve the purpose of a between-starts bullpen session, putting him on track to make a start Tuesday, when Ted Lilly is scheduled to start for the Dodgers against Milwaukee.
Lilly is coming off his worst start and first loss of the year, when he allowed eight runs on nine hits in 3 1/3 innings in Arizona. Lilly opened the season on the disabled list because of a chronic neck problem.