The Dodgers pitching staff still carries eight starters, but that is likely to change this week.

Don Mattingly said the pitchers will be a primary topic when the Dodgers' coaching meets today. A key question: Which of the eight starters will become relievers? With seven days left until Opening Day, the time has come to formally inform the Dodgers' newest relief pitcher he is the Dodgers' newest relief pitcher.

"We'll talk to those guys, make sure they can mentally start wrapping their arms around it, talk about 'How would you like to work?' " Mattingly said. "It's nice to talk to the guys and get their arms wrapped around it so they can make the adjustment."

Chris Capuano seems to be the most likely candidate to relieve, since Mattingly previously indicated Aaron Harang and Ted Lilly take longer to warm up than most relievers. Lilly has said he's open to moving to the bullpen, but Harang didn't share the same sentiment when camp began. So far all three have pitched as starters, either in Cactus League games or in Triple-A spring games.

For the Dodgers, it's a good problem to have. Their projected five-man rotation - Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke, Josh Beckett, Chad Billingsley and Hyun-Jin Ryu - has pitched effectively and avoided serious injuries in spring training. Even in light of Greinke's elbow soreness and Billingsley's bruised finger, the Dodgers won't need more than five starters to begin the season.