DENVER -- Maybe to get Edinson Volquez to sign a free-agent contract last week the Dodgers promised to rush him into their starting rotation, because that's what they're doing.
Manager Don Mattingly said Volquez will start Wednesday night against the Rockies, bumping Hyun-Jin Ryu to Friday night in Cincinnati and causing enough adjustments that Mattingly was a little fuzzy on all of the consequences.
As best as Mattingly could explain, starting Volquez on Wednesday gives Ryu two extra days of rest. But Mattingly also said Zack Greinke would start Saturday and Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, each on one extra day of rest.
That makes Chris Capuano the odd man out, even though he allowed one run over seven innings in his most recent start Saturday. Mattingly said the rotation beyond Sunday had not been set.
Earlier Monday, Mattingly said he was impressed with Volquez's bullpen session Sunday.
Mattingly wants to see Volquez start a game with a twofold purpose -- to give the other starters an extra day of rest and to see if the initial mechanical adjustments implemented by pitching coach Rick Honeycutt show signs of helping the right-hander reclaim his 17-win form.
It figures to be a herculean test for Volquez, based on his past performances in Coors Field. He is 1-5 with an 8.39 ERA in Denver lifetime and 3-7 with a 7.71 ERA against the Rockies over his career. This year he is 0-2 with a 14.02 ERA at Coors Field and 0-4 with a 13.08 ERA against Colorado. Ryu has never pitched at Coors Field.
Volquez has pitched one scoreless inning in his only relief appearance since signing with the Dodgers on Friday, but the club sees him as a starter.
Young calls coming to Dodgers 'a no-brainer'
DENVER -- Michael Young, the newest Dodger, said Don Mattingly was his favorite player growing up, even though Young was raised in Covina, Calif., and estimates he attended 20 games a year at Dodger Stadium.
"That's not going to get him in the lineup any faster," joked Mattingly, who later said Young could start at third base Tuesday night for the Dodgers because Juan Uribe is 0-for-15 with six strikeouts against Colorado starter Jhoulys Chacin.
A seven-time All-Star whose production has tailed off the past two years, Young will be a backup corner infielder, pinch-hitter and veteran presence.
"I'll be a winning player for the Dodgers. That's my role," he said. "Every guy in the locker room would rather have five at-bats a game. This won't be tough. It's all about winning, not to mention this being my first year in the National League, most of the games I didn't start I ended up in anyway and I like it that way.
"At this point, all I care about is winning. If they weren't where they are in the standings, the sentimental aspect [of playing at home] would not mean as much."
Mattingly said he'll withhold judgment on how much Young still has on defense until he sees it up close.
"You hear things, see the ratings, hear the comments the last few years, but I have to see it," he said. "I haven't noticed anything. They told me Andre [Ethier] doesn't play good defense. Really? It looks good to me."
Young, who came from the Phillies for Minor League pitcher Rob Rasmussen, joins this list of Dodgers August acquisitions -- Marlon Anderson in 2006, Greg Maddux in 2008, Jon Garland and Ronnie Belliard in 2009. In mid-August of 2009, the Dodgers signed Vicente Padilla.
Mattingly says Kemp close to regaining swing
DENVER -- With every collar at the plate, Matt Kemp's rehab stint drags on, even though manager Don Mattingly said Kemp's at-bats for Class A Rancho Cucamonga are improving.
"[Hitting coach Mark McGwire] and I watched tape and he doesn't look that far off," Mattingly said of Kemp, whose 0-for-4 Monday brought his total to 0-for-14 with seven strikeouts in what started as a rehab for a sprained left ankle but has become a rehab of his bat.
"I know he's not getting hits and he's striking out, but it looks like it's just repetition and at-bats. Just a little time. His health and the way he looks is fine, other than not getting the results."
Mattingly all but ruled out Kemp joining the Dodgers in Colorado. The next series is in Cincinnati, but Kemp is likely to continue the rehab with the Quakes in the California League postseason.
"It's a matter of timing," Mattingly said. "He wants what I want, for him to feel ready to compete at this level when he comes back."
Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.