Good news, Dustin May stans: May will make at least one more start before the end of the August.
“We wanted to get him in the bullpen to get his feet wet — which we did,” Dave Roberts said. “He’s still going to have appearances out of the pen, but in the short-term, get him to make a start.”
The Dodgers are currently enduring stretch where they are playing 16 straight games. The plan is to stay on rotation the remainder of the home stand and use May sometime in San Diego to give the rotation an extra day of rest in the second half of the two week stretch.
In order to keep him warm to fill in as a starter, May participated in a 2-inning simulated game prior to Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays. It’s not shown in the video embed, but May did squat before throwing most of his pitches.
#Dodgers Dustin May throwing to Tyler White and Matt Beaty in sim game setting pic.twitter.com/X6urV2CbSu— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 21, 2019
He will pitch a bullpen in 2-3 days to get more practice using his pitch mix.
“It is more for him to see hitters a little bit more aggressive with hitters,” Roberts said. “It will be more of an aggressive bullpen of around 25 pitches.”
The last time he pitched in a game, he allowed four earned runs against Atlanta over two innings. In his last start, he threw 5 2⁄3 innings, allowing three hits, one walk and one earned run with five strikeouts.
Roberts also revealed Rich Hill threw a handful of pitches on Tuesday and is cleared to throw some more on Thursday.
“He was dang near 100 percent,” Roberts said.
It’s expected Hill will be the fourth starter in the postseason rotation, but of course, things can always change.
Also, Ross Stripling will be built up to around 45-60 pitches and will most likely come back in the bullpen. He threw a 25-pitch bullpen on Tuesday and did not have any soreness. He will face some hitters next Wednesday.