The Dodgers announced Tuesday that starting pitcher Walker Buehler is headed to the 10-day disabled list with a rib microfracture. Left-hander Caleb Ferguson was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma City to make the start against the Rangers in the opener.
Buehler joins eight other pitchers currently on the disabled list for the Dodgers, 11 players in total. The Dodgers were able to backdate the trip to the DL going back to Saturday, but ultimately it sounds like that won’t matter.
The team is hoping Buehler will be back in two weeks.
That leaves Ferguson to make his second start in his career at 21-years-old, having started the year in Double-A. The former 38th-round pick has made just 11 starts above Class-A, including his debut last week in Pittsburgh that left a lot to be desired.
The Pirates chased Ferguson just five outs into the game after the lefty was charged with four runs on two hits, walking three and hitting two of the 11 batters he faced.
Ferguson was just nine months old when Rangers’ starter Bartolo Colon made his major league debut on April 4, 1997.
The Dodgers have said they would play Max Muncy at second base and Tuesday is the day it will finally happen. Tied with Cody Bellinger for the team lead, Muncy’s 12 home runs have made him a must-start.
|SS||Profar (S)||1B||Bellinger (L)|
|1B||Gallo (L)||C||Grandal (S)|
|2B||Odor (L)||CF||Pederson (L)|
Since May 10, Muncy is hitting .313/.437/.747 with 10 homers, six doubles and 26 RBI as a key contributor to the Dodgers resurgence. The 27-year-old has also walked 18 times in 103 plate appearances over that time.
Justin Turner is back in the lineup for his first start since June 6 after dealing with a sore wrist.
On the other side of the field, Adrian Beltre will be back at Dodger Stadium for the first time since 2009. The future hall of famer is 23rd in baseball history with 3,087 career hits, 2,138 of those have come since he left the Dodgers after the 2004 season.