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Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error From late April to late May when he was struck in the ribs by a line drive, Buehler started regularly for the Dodgers and went 3-1 with a 2.20 ERA in seven starts, striking out 48 in 41 innings and holding hitters to a .189 batting average.He has started only four times since then on five days’ rest once — 20 days and 12 days the last two times, including Wednesday’s loss in Philadelphia.Over that stretch, Buehler has a 7.29 ERA (including his one relief appearance) with 16 strikeouts in 17 innings. Hitters are batting .302 against him during those five games.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts acknowledged that it was “fair” to blame the dropoff in Buehler’s performance on his sporadic workload.“I think that’s fair. Walker will never say that – to his credit,” Roberts said. “But there is something to be said for routine. This is not an exact science. He is a special player. His health is first and foremost for all of us and he understands that. So to not start every fifth or sixth start here and not get the continued starts, that’s definitely fair. But it’s not an exact science.” Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.After Wednesday’s game, Roberts made a modest commitment to getting Buehler on a more set schedule and keeping him in the rotation going forward.“I think so. Things can change,” Roberts said. “The thing is with Walker and all of us – we’re very synced up with understanding we need him with us through the season and through October. All that he’s had to kind of handle, I think he’s going to be better for it because he’s handled it really well.“I think for us going forward, I think we all believe we’re better when he’s with us.”ROTATION SITUATIONBuehler’s return Wednesday gave the Dodgers’ a six-man starting rotation. But that might not last for long.Rich Hill, Clayton Kershaw and Alex Wood are scheduled to start the first three games of the series in Atlanta this weekend. But Roberts said the Dodgers have not settled on a starter for Sunday’s series finale at Sun Trust Park. Right-hander Ross Stripling could “potentially” be skipped in the rotation to give him extra rest after reaching 100 innings, matching his major-league high.Stripling gave up a season-high five runs Monday and has not pitched as well recently as he had been in May and June. Roberts acknowledged then that fatigue could be a factor.“We have six guys. Now the question is how long do we go with six guys?” Roberts said of the rotation. “Do guys miss an extra day two times through? Probably not.“We’re trying to look at each individual guy and see – do we want Ross to make that start (Sunday)? Do we want Kenta (Maeda) to go on regular rest? What role would Ross potentially play if we don’t start him? We don’t need to make that decision right now. These are good options for us.”ALSOIn order to add Buehler on Wednesday, the Dodgers optioned reliever Dylan Floro to Triple-A. Roberts called him “a casualty” of the Dodgers’ 16-inning game and the need to get fresh arms on the pitching staff.As part of that, reliever Pedro Baez was activated from the DL a day earlier than planned and pitched an inning in Wednesday’s game. In order to make room for Baez, left-hander Zac Rosscup was placed on the DL with inflammation in the middle finger of his pitching hand. Rosscup was sidelined for the first two months of the season with a wart on that finger that had to be removed.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Rich Hill (3-4, 4.26 ERA) at Braves RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.76 ERA), Thursday, 4:35 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available); MLB Network (out of market only) PHILADELPHIA — The Dodgers have put Walker Buehler in their rotation. They have pulled him out of their rotation. They have asked him to pitch out of their bullpen. They have sent him down to Class-A on a rehab assignment. They have sent him down to Triple-A twice, once recalling him almost as his plane was taxiing to the gate.The Dodgers have tried to balance their immediate needs at the major-league level with the caution required for the future interests of a top pitching prospect. But at times it has no doubt felt as smooth as a ride down a back road pitted with potholes.“I wouldn’t have scripted it that way if I was making my big master plan,” said Buehler, the closest he will come to admitting the difficulty of being so at the mercy of a front office’s decision-making. “But I’m not the first guy to go through it and won’t be the last. You kind of make do. The bottom line is I’ve got to pitch better when I’m here. That’s about it.”That would be easier to do if Buehler were allowed to settle into the rotation – and it was.