Correia could get spot start Monday

MILWAUKEE -- Newly-acquired Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Kevin Correia might not have a set role quite yet, but his first opportunity could give him a key chance to set the tone for his new team.

The Dodgers are targeting a spot starter/bullpen long man role for Correia, who was acquired late Saturday night from the Minnesota Twins for a player to be named later or cash. And opportunity No. 1 for the right-hander could come Monday night in a start against the Atlanta Braves.

“Well (it could) come up (Monday), hypothetically specking,” manager Don Mattingly said before Sunday’s game at Milwaukee. “During this stretch of all these game in a row (it would) give our guys a little bit of a breather, make sure we’re not overtaxing. (Clayton (Kershaw), (Zack) Greinke and Hyun-Jin (Ryu) have pitched well with that little extra day. We have some off days coming, but we would like to be able to get there and be healthy.”

Mattingly stressed that there are no rotation injury concerns of now, just the fact that the Dodgers haven’t had a day off since July 28, and won’t have another until Aug. 18. By pitching Correia on Monday the Dodgers essentially would go with a six-man rotation for the week, while building in an extra day of rest for the regular starters in the process.

Dan Haren, Ryu, Roberto Hernandez and Greinke were scheduled to pitch in the four-game series in Atlanta, in that order. If Correia pitches Monday, the rest of the starters are simply expected to be pushed back a day.

“I talked to (Correia) last night,” Mattingly said. “He seemed excited to be here. As I told him, as of right now we’ll use him to spot start and use him out of the bullpen filling Paul Maholm's) role out there having some length but also giving us some insurance at the starter spot as well.”

Maholm, who made eight starts and 22 relief appearances this season, injured his knee while covering first base earlier this month and was lost for the season.