Kuroda to pitch against Diamondbacks

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UNDATED (AP) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed left-hander Eric Stults on the 15-day disabled list because of a sprained thumb on his pitching hand, clearing a spot in the rotation for opening day starter Hiroki Kuroda.

The Dodgers also called up reliever Travis Schlichting from Double-A Chattanooga.

Kuroda is expected to be activated before tonight's start against Arizona after being sidelined nearly two months with a strained left oblique.

He has not pitched since the opener on April 6, when he allowed one run in 5 2-3 innings while leading the Dodgers to a 4-1 victory over San Diego.

The 34-year-old Kuroda was fine after the start but felt tightness in his left side late in his side session in the bullpen two days later.

An MRI exam showed no structural damage, but the right-hander felt it again when he threw off the mound and went on the DL on April 10.