We were expecting to see Clayton Kershaw in the series opener in Miami, but Kershaw Day has been postponed a couple days to make way for May Day. No, I’m not signaling for emergency rescue, I mean Dustin May will be on the mound for the Dodgers tonight.
There is no specific reason for the pitching switch, other than to give Kershaw some extra rest.
Trying to avoid Kershaw facing potential playoff opponent in Atlanta this weekend? "I don't really think so. It's obviously a good thought. But those guys know Clayton. They've seen him a lot. For what we did, that really wasn't a driver."— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 13, 2019
It will be the 21-year-old pitcher’s third start of his major league career and his first start on the road. He came out of his last start against the St. Louis Cardinals on a high note. He excelled in 5 2⁄3 innings pitched, holding the Cards to one run from five hits and a walk. The only run May allowed on the night was on a solo home run to Marcell Ozuna.
Here is what the lineup looks like to back May. Pretty standard lineup, nothing out of the blue here.
On the transactional side of things, there was an added name to the long list of injured Dodgers.
Infielder Tyler White was placed on the injured list with a right trap strain. In layperson’s terms, he pulled his right neck muscle. Maybe this IL stint is what he needs to get going in the batter’s box.
Kyle Garlick was recalled to take his spot on the active roster for the time being. Garlick has a .218 batting average in 26 games with the Los Angeles Dodgers, including two home runs and four RBIs.
Regarding Kiké Hernández’s left hand sprain, he just started taking live batting practice with the team and will likely go on a rehab assignment before rejoining LA sometime next week.
As for Chris Taylor and Alex Verdugo, they are both are at Camelback Ranch for rehab. It doesn’t look like there’s any updates on their recovery.