By Matt Snyder
The Dodgers will get back their fifth starting rotation member Friday, as Jon Garland will make his season debut in returning from the disabled list (Dodgers via Twitter ). He has been out with a -- what else? -- strained oblique muscle. Garland wanted to rejoin the rotation without a rehab start, but the club had him throw one Sunday. He worked 4 2/3 innings, allowing six hits and three runs in a Class A-Advanced game.
Garland, 31, is an innings eater well-suited toward the back-end of the rotation at this point. He's thrown more than 190 innings the past nine seasons. Last year, he was 14-12 with a 3.47 ERA and 1.32 WHIP in 200 innings for the Padres. He was previously with the Dodgers for six starts down the stretch in 2009.
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