Paul Maholm P LAD 8 Months

Paul Maholm was chased for five runs -- four earned -- over five innings Monday in a 7-0 loss to the Phillies.

The veteran southpaw surrendered eight hits and three walks while striking out only two. He also gave up a two-run homer to Ryan Howard, who, well, doesn't generally pound lefties. He'll make an exception for Mr. Maholm, who the Dodgers must tolerate in the rotation until Clayton Kershaw returns. Maholm (0-2, 5.60 ERA) welcomes the Rockies to Hollywood on Saturday.

Paul Maholm P LAD 9 Months

Paul Maholm surrendered only one run on five hits over six innings of a no-decision against the Giants on Wednesday.

He whiffed two and walked three in his best start since August 28. The left-hander entered this game with an 8.10 ERA, but that was mostly because he got bombed by the Giants in his only other start of the year back on April 5. His rotation spot is safe until Clayton Kershaw comes back. Maholm will toe the Chavez Ravine rubber with his shiny new 4.97 ERA against Philadelphia next week.

Paul Maholm P LAD 9 Months

Paul Maholm threw a bullpen session Wednesday and is on track to make his first start with the Dodgers on Saturday, according to MLB.com's Ken Gurnick.

The team hasn't announced its rotation for the upcoming series against the Giants, so it's still just speculation that Maholm will get the start. The bullpen session lines him up to do just that, though, and the team is still searching for another starter in the wake of Clayton Kershaw's injury. The southpaw was signed to a one-year deal by the Dodgers in February as depth for these types of situations, and he's working his way back after being sidelined by some elbow soreness early in camp.

Paul Maholm P LAD 10 Months

Paul Maholm was torched by the Reds in his Thursday start, allowing six runs (five earned) in 2 2/3 innings.

Maholm didn't record a strikeout, issued two walks, and allowed six hits. Two of them were home runs: a solo shot to Todd Frazier in the first inning, and a three-run bomb to Chris Heisey in the third. Maholm has been bothered by elbow soreness and is on the outside looking in for a spot at the back of the Dodgers' rotation.

Paul Maholm P LAD 10 Months

Paul Maholm (elbow) doesn't know if he'll be on the club's trip to Australia.

The projected sixth starter allowed one run on three hits over three innings in a 5-5 tie with the Rangers on Saturday. "I'm just preparing to pitch wherever they tell me to," Maholm said. "If I pitch well, everything will work out. I'm not concerned with roles." MLB.com speculates that Maholm is a candidate to pitch the exhibition game against Team Australia two days prior to the Opening Series against Arizona. If that happened, Maholm would be designated as one of three "exempt" players, meaning he couldn't appear against the Snakes. Zach Lee and Matt Magill are two other candidates for those posts, reports the team's official site.

Paul Maholm P LAD 10 Months

Paul Maholm (elbow) pitched two innings in an intrasquad game Tuesday.

It appears that the elbow soreness Maholm was dealing with early in camp is in the rear view mirror. Josh Beckett (thoracic outlet surgery) is also looking healthy, which means Maholm is currently in line to open the year in a long relief role.

Paul Maholm P LAD 10 Months

Paul Maholm (elbow) has been cleared to throw a bullpen session Saturday.

Maholm dealt with some elbow tenderness earlier this week, but the hope is that it's just routine early spring training soreness. The veteran left-hander will operate as a long man in the bullpen for the Dodgers as long as Josh Beckett (thoracic outlet surgery) is healthy.

Paul Maholm P LAD 10 Months

Paul Maholm (elbow) expects to throw a scheduled bullpen session on Saturday in Dodgers camp.

Maholm came down with some elbow tenderness earlier this week, but the hope is that it's only a minor thing. The veteran left-hander signed a one-year, $1.5 million free agent contract with the Dodgers in early February and will provide insurance for the club's rotation throughout the 2014 season if his health cooperates.

Paul Maholm P LAD 10 Months

Paul Maholm is dealing with elbow tenderness.

Maholm experienced the elbow discomfort after throwing four bullpen sessions to open camp. He has yet to throw live batting practice and the Dodgers aren't sure when he might be cleared. This could become a real issue if the tenderness lingers into March.

Paul Maholm P LAD 11 Months

According to Dylan Hernandez of the Los Angeles Times, the recently-signed Paul Maholm could wind up working out of the Dodgers bullpen if Josh Beckett is healthy and able to claim the fifth spot in the rotation.

The first four spots in the rotation are locked up with Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dan Haren, making Maholm insurance in the event that Beckett, who is recovering from surgery to repair a nerve issue, isn't available for the start of the season. His fantasy value would be non-existent if he doesn't earn a place in the rotation.