LOS ANGELES -- Wade LeBlanc is returning to the bullpen but could reclaim his starting job as part of a six-man rotation after the Marlins get past a couple of upcoming off days.
Though the Marlins are pleased with the job LeBlanc has done in his five starts (1-2, 3.29 ERA), they want to get a good look at rookie starters Nathan Eovaldi and Jacob Turner before the end of the season, and LeBlanc — with bullpen experience — is the odd man out.
“We want to give the kids a chance,” manager Ozzie Guillen said. “We want to see those two kids throwing.”
Said pitching coach Randy St. Claire: “LeBlanc has done an outstanding job, both out of the ’pen and in the starting rotation. Unfortunately for him, he’s the guy that’s done it [relieved] and been successful doing it. He understands. He took it well. I’m sure he wants to be a starter, and we all feel he can do the job.”
Once the Marlins get past scheduled off days on Monday and Thursday, they could go to a six-man rotation that includes LeBlanc. But Guillen said it “depends,” and St. Claire said “it’s kind of up in the air, because we also have off days in September.”
Guillen said the front office, however, is “leaning” toward a six-man setup.
And St. Claire said he doesn’t see where it would hurt the three veteran starters — Josh Johnson, Ricky Nolasco and Mark Buehrle — if the team goes to a six-man rotation to finish up the season.
Visit from Cabrera
Former Marlin Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers are tentatively scheduled to visit Marlins Stadium in interleague play next season. Cabrera has not faced his former team since the 2007 trade that sent him to the Tigers. At present, the schedule — which is subject to change — has the Tigers in Miami for the final weekend of the season.
With Houston shifting to the American League next season, interleague games will occur throughout the season.
The schedule, which has the Marlins facing AL Central Division teams in interleague play, also includes a visit to the Chicago White Sox, the team Guillen managed for eight seasons before joining the Marlins.
Giancarlo Stanton, who is from nearby Sherman Oaks, was expecting a throng of 50 family and friends to watch him play Friday at Dodger Stadium. With a home run, he would join Ted Williams for 11th-most homers — 83 — before the age of 23.
With 82 homers, Stanton is currently tied with Al Kaline at 12th on the list.
• Saturday: Marlins RHP Josh Johnson (7-10, 3.73 ERA) at Los Angeles Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (11-7, 2.87), 9:10 p.m., Dodger Stadium.
• Sunday: Marlins LHP Mark Buehrle (11-11, 3.69) at Dodgers RHP Aaron Harang (9-7, 3.65), 4:10 p.m., Dodger Stadium.
• Scouting report: Kershaw defeated Miami at Marlins Park on Aug. 10 when he allowed just two runs over 6 1/3 innings. In five career starts against the Marlins, Kershaw is 3-1 with a 2.41 ERA and delivered a two-out shutout over them the last time he faced them at Dodger Stadium — May 29, 2011.