The Dodgers plan to use a fifth starter next Sunday in San Diego and could choose to call upon Tim Redding, who is not on the 40-man roster, writes MLB.com's Ken Gurnick. Adding the 33-year-old would require guaranteeing his $750K salary and moving a player off of the 40-man roster to make room for him.
Alternatively, the club could call upon John Ely, who is already on the 40-man roster, to make the start. The Dodgers will have both Ely and Redding pitch Tuesday in an extended spring training game, which puts them on schedule to pitch Sunday. Right-hander Jon Garland is also lobbying to make the start as he recovers from a strained oblique.
Redding last pitched in the majors in 2009 for the Mets, making 17 starts and 13 relief appearances. In eight major league seasons, Redding owns a 4.95 ERA with 6.0 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9.