Hyun-Jin Ryu

Dodgers' plans for pitcher Frankie Montas change

Dodgers' plans for pitcher Frankie Montas change

When Frankie Montas began a rehabilitation assignment four weeks ago, he appeared a lock to join the Dodgers bullpen in the very near future. But the organization’s plan for Montas changed as the big league relievers found consistency and the starting rotation continued to show signs of leakage.

So rather than aid the bullpen, where his 100-mph fastball can dust aside hitters, Montas has been groomed as a starter. On Sunday, his 30-day assignment ended, and the Dodgers reinstated him from the 60-day disabled list and optioned him to triple-A Oklahoma City. 

Montas had been in Oklahoma City since May 30. He has begun to stretch himself out, and threw 60 pitches in four...