Wednesday September 9th, 2015

The Los Angeles Dodgers scratched righthander Mat Latos from Wednesday’s start against the Los Angeles Angels with neck stiffness, the team announced.

Righthander Joe Wieland was tabbed to replace Latos.

In five starts with the Dodgers since his July trade from the Miami Marlins, Latos is 0–2 with a 6.56 ERA over 23 1/3 innings. His best outing was his first with the Dodgers, on Aug. 2 against the Angels when he picked up the win following six innings of one-run, four-hit ball.

Since then, Latos has not pitched through the fifth inning in any of his four starts. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said earlier this week that if not for Latos’s strong first outing with the club, he might have been skipped in the rotation.

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“That’s pretty much the reason (for keeping Latos in the rotation),” Mattingly told MLB’s official website. “He hasn’t pitched as well as he’s capable of, that’s for sure. I think he would admit that.”

Wieland will be making his second start of the season. In his first, back on May 6, he collected a loss after allowing six runs on six hits to the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Dodgers entered Wednesday 80–58, 8 1/2 games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the National League West.

Mike Fiammetta

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