Dodgers move Kenta Maeda back to the bullpen

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Despite throwing five solid innings against the Reds on Sunday, manager Dave Roberts said that Kenta Maeda is moving back to the bullpen, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Maeda, 29, has had a tough season, carrying a 5.16 ERA through his 10th start. He then moved to the bullpen and picked up his first career save on June 9 against the Reds with four innings of one-run ball. Maeda moved back into the rotation to start Sunday as the Dodgers are in the midst of a long stretch of games without an off day. He fired five innings and gave up only one run to the Reds on Sunday, lowering his ERA to 4.70.

Given the injury propensity of most of the Dodgers’ current starters, it’s realistic to assume that Maeda will eventually move back into the rotation.