The 25-year-old is just 5-for-48 (.104) over his last 12 games, so Mackanin will give him a couple days to clear his mind before inserting him back into the lineup. Look for him to return to the lineup for Wednesday's series finale against the Marlins.
With Locke nearing activation from the disabled list, it appears he will start in place of Worley on Thursday and take over for him in the rotation thereafter. He'll likely assume a long relief role in the bullpen with an opportunity at starts should another spot open up in the Marlins' rotation.
While nothing has been confirmed yet, Mattingly suggested that Worley would likely head to the bullpen if Locke joins the rotation. He compiled a 1.77 ERA and 22:2 K:BB across 20 innings (seven starts) between High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville during his four-game rehab assignment. Should he get the ball Thursday, Locke would face Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks.
The Padres pulled Capps off his rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso earlier this month to have him refine his mechanics at extended spring training. After apparently showing progress in that regard in the last couple of weeks, Capps will test himself against hitters once again as he prepares for an eventual return from the 60-day disabled list. Capps will likely need to head out on another rehab assignment at Triple-A and find some success in those appearances before the Padres would ask him to contribute for the big club.
It doesn't sound like Weaver's bout with left hip inflammation is anything too worrisome, but the Padres aren't eager to expedite his rehab after he submitted a 7.44 ERA and allowed 16 homers over nine starts before hitting the DL. With the Padres owning the worst record in baseball and not expected to make up ground the rest of the season in the competitive NL West, it wouldn't be surprising if the 34-year-old was designated for assignment once he's healthy, as he wouldn't seem to have much of a future on a rebuilding team.
Locke is ready to rejoin the big club after making four minor-league rehab starts, compiling a combined 1.77 ERA and 22:2 K:BB across 20 innings with High-A Jupiter and Double-A Jacksonville. He should return to a long relief role once he is activated.
With Alex Wood expected to miss his next start while on the disabled list, Ryu seems to be the likely option to make a spot start in his place. The 30-year-old started seven games for the Dodgers this season before being ousted from the rotation last week, compiling a 4.75 ERA and 36:15 K:BB across 36 innings. It appears the only way Ryu won't start Wednesday is if he's used in relief before then. Given Wood is only supposed to miss one start while on the DL, it's unclear if the Dodgers will shift Ryu back to the bullpen after Wednesday or keep him stretched out as a starter -- possibly in the minors.
Cingrani needed 24 pitches (13 strikes) to get through his first rehab appearance, ceding one walk and no hits. The lefty has been sidelined for more than a month with the oblique issue, so he'll likely need at least a couple more appearances in the minors before the Reds consider activating him.
As expected, Kendrick was activated ahead of Monday's series opener against the Marlins after missing over a month with an oblique strain. With the Phillies in serious need of some offensive production, manager Pete Mackanin will wast no time inserting Kendrick back into the lineup. He should find himself in the lineup more often than not if he's able to hit.
Herrera is in a horrible slump, going just 5-for-48 (.104) with two extra-base hits over his last 12 games, so he'll head to the bench to clear his mind. Aaron Altherr will slide over to center field for the game, opening up a spot in left field for Howie Kendrick to start.