Mattingly not committed to rotation vs. Rox

Mattingly not committed to rotation vs. Rox

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers have three starters tentatively scheduled for the final regular-season series of 2014, against the Rockies this weekend, but manager Don Mattingly said there could be some tinkering.

Right-hander Roberto Hernandez is in line to start Friday's opener, but Dan Haren and Zack Greinke -- who would be the Saturday and Sunday starters, respectively -- could see limited innings or not start at all depending on when -- or even if -- the Dodgers clinch the National League West.

"If we get to that point, we'll talk about what we want to do, as far as innings, pitches, that kind of stuff," Mattingly said. "Those are all discussions we could have."

Mattingly didn't rule out a bullpen game, much like he used in Sunday's win over the Cubs, as he tries to line up the rotation for the postseason.

The No. 3 starter, left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu, is progressing well as he recovers from inflammation in his shoulder and could begin throwing off a mound within a day or two, Mattingly said on Wednesday.

"There's no plan of trying to pitch him before the end of the season," Mattingly said. "Our plan is to get him ready if we advance."

Michael Lananna is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.