Kevin Correia's debut with the Dodgers last week went about as well as he could have hoped. Now he has to follow up that performance against one of his former teams in Tuesday's series opener vs. the Padres.
Correia outpitched an All-Star in his debut for the Dodgers last Monday, hurling six innings of one-run ball with just four hits and one walk allowed with five strikeouts to earn the win against Atlanta and Julio Teheran.
"I haven't had that feeling I don't think since being called up," he said. "I come in and I have a locker next to the best pitcher on the planet [Clayton Kershaw]. I couldn't be happier with the spot that I'm in right now."
When he was acquired by Los Angeles from Minnesota on Aug. 9, the Dodgers were expecting to slot Correia into the bullpen. But plans changed after Hyun-Jin Ryu went on the disabled list with a strained right glute, so Correia will be in the rotation for the foreseeable future.
Correia has already faced the Padres, whom he played for in 2009-10, a couple times this season. The right-hander started for Minnesota twice in four meetings between the teams -- including his final start for the Twins on Aug. 6, in which he allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. He had another quality start against San Diego in May in which he struck out a season-high six batters.
Ian Kennedy will get the ball for San Diego. He's been solid in his last three starts since missing a turn in the rotation with a minor oblique injury, never giving up more than three runs nor pitching past the sixth -- something he hasn't done since July 12.
Kennedy, who's on pace to top 200 strikeouts for the first time in his career, said he finally felt like he could let loose on his fastball in his last start after being cautious not to tweak his oblique in his previous two outings. He earned a win against Colorado on Wednesday with six innings pitched and three runs allowed with eight strikeouts.
"My secondary pitches weren't there, [so] I tried to rely on the fastball command," Kennedy said. "I made some mistakes with my changeup, gave up a couple runs that way. But for the most part, physically, I was pretty happy how I felt. Best I've felt in a while."
Dodgers: Ramirez expected to return Sunday
Dodgers shortstop Hanley Ramirez is expected to return from the disabled list after the minimum 15 days, manager Don Mattingly said on Sunday, adding that Ramirez is hitting at 90-percent effort as his strained right oblique has continued to heal.
What position Ramirez returns to next Sunday, though, remains a bit of a mystery. He took ground balls at third base on Saturday as soon as third baseman Juan Uribe was placed on the disabled list with a pulled right hamstring, though Mattingly downplayed the possibility of a long-term switch.
"He took some balls in center field, too," Mattingly said of Ramirez. "I think he likes to make everybody raise their eyes. There's no real talk of [moving him] right now."
Ramirez, who is a free agent after this season, has resisted past overtures to move to third base, both with the Dodgers and Marlins.
While Ramirez has been out, Miguel Rojas has started most of the games at shortstop, with Darwin Barney starting on Sunday.
Padres: Wrist tendon tear sidelines Alonso for 2014
Manager Bud Black said on Sunday that Yonder Alonso's season is finished after tests revealed the first baseman has a torn tendon in the top of his right forearm.
Alonso, who missed 30 games from late June into late July with right wrist tendinitis, was removed from Tuesday's game when he felt a "pop" in his right forearm while preparing to hit. He was placed on the disabled list with a right forearm strain, but after meeting with doctors in San Diego on Saturday, the prognosis proved to be worse.
While Alonso will miss the remainder of the season with the tendon tear, the next step remains uncertain.
"There's a chance of a potential surgery, he's weighing those options now," Black said. "Collectively with the doctors and Yonder, he's working through some decisions."
Tommy Medica started at first base in the first two games in St. Louis and Jake Goebbert started the final two. The two are expected to split time there the remainder of the season.
• Following a rehab outing Wednesday at Triple-A in which he threw 68 pitches, Andrew Cashner is expected to throw around 80 for El Paso on Monday. That will likely be his final hurdle before returning to San Diego after being on the DL since mid-June with soreness in his right shoulder.
• The Dodgers have the Majors' best road record (40-26), but are just 30-30 at home.
Will Laws is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.