The Dodgers placed pitcher Walker Buehler on the 10-day injured list Thursday with a blister on his right hand. The right-hander was scheduled to start the second game of today’s doubleheader against the Giants.
Mitch White, who was on the road trip with the team as part of the taxi squad, was recalled to take Buehler’s spot on the roster. The Dodgers haven’t announced who will start the nightcap of Thursday’s doubleheader. Clayton Kershaw will start the first game, which starts at 1:05 p.m. PT.
This is the second major league stint this season for White, who was added to the 40-man roster last November. He was up for just one day, August 1, but did not pitch.
Buehler had a 4.32 ERA in his five starts, but was coming off his best start of the year, striking out 11 and walking none in a win over the Rockies last Friday. The injured list move was retroactive to Monday, meaning the earliest Buehler could return is next Thursday, September 3.
“It came in his last start towards the end,” Dave Roberts said to the media. “This is the first time he’s dealt with a blister. We all felt that it was in the teams best interest and his best interest to try and nip it in the butt. We don’t want this to get worst, This is the best course of action. We expect him to pitch next week. Walker wanted to keep pitching.”
Buehler is the third Dodgers starting pitcher to be placed on the disabled list this season, along with Kershaw and Alex Wood.
As of now, there’s no answer as to who will be starting game 2 of the double-header later this afternoon. “It’s contingent on the first game,” Roberts said. “I don’t know who the starter is going to be, we’ll see what happens in the first game.”