Stripling allowed one hit and one walk while striking out five over three scoreless innings in a no-decision against the Brewers on Saturday.
Stripling did a fine job heading up this bullpen game and the rest of the relief corps held pretty steady, but the Dodgers' offense couldn't muster anything against Zach Davies and company. With Yu Darvish (back) and Clayton Kershaw (back) both returning imminently, Stripling will head to the bullpen and likely stay there for good over the remainder of the campaign.
Stripling was named the starter for Saturday's game against the Brewers, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
Earlier in the week, manager Dave Roberts said that Stripling was viewed as a candidate to start Saturday's contest. Stripling has only been used as a reliever this season and has thrown 58 innings over 35 games, during which he's built a respectable 3.41 ERA and 1.21 WHIP. Yu Darvish (back) is scheduled to be activated from the DL on Sunday, and Clayton Kershaw (back) is approaching his return as well, so Stripling will likely return to the bullpen after Saturday's contest.
Manager Dave Roberts named Stripling as a candidate to start Saturday's game against the Brewers, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.
After starting 14 games for the Dodgers as a rookie in 2016, Stripling has worked exclusively in relief this season, submitting a 3.41 ERA and 1.21 WHIP over 58 innings. The Dodgers are seemingly intent to deploy Stripling as a long reliever over the final few weeks of the regular season, but with Alex Wood (chest) becoming the latest starter to hit the team's growing list of injured pitchers, few other appealing rotation alternatives exist on the 40-man roster. Since he's tossed no more than three innings in any outing with the big club during the campaign, Stripling could face a limited pitch count if he indeed receives the nod Saturday in what would likely just be a spot start. The Dodgers are hopeful that at least two of Wood, Clayton Kershaw (back) and Yu Darvish (back) will return from the DL next week, which would allow Stripling to head back to the bullpen.
Stripling worked around a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning of work to earn his second save of the season Monday against the Pirates.
With Kenley Jansen having worked the 10th inning, it was Stripling who was called upon to close things out after the Dodgers took the lead in the top of the 12th. He has now thrown four consecutive scoreless innings over his last three outings, earning two wins and a save, but Stripling is unlikely to continue contributing in those categories moving forward.
Stripling gave up a run on three hits while striking out one over two innings of relief Wednesday against the Braves.
The 27-year-old has fared well since returning to the majors July 4, posting a 1.50 ERA and 0.83 WHIP over 12 innings. Stripling's season ERA still sits at 3.42, and with a crowded bullpen following the trade deadline, the Dodgers may opt to send him back down to the minors once Clayton Kershaw (back) and Brandon McCarthy (finger) return from the disabled list.
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