As it currently stands, the Dodgers only have three players in their starting rotation. Clayton Kershaw, Julio Urias and Tony Gonsolin currently are the only healthy starters. Walker Buehler is on the Injured List with his blister issue again, and Dustin May is a huge question mark.
May will be speaking with the media this afternoon, so hopefully we’ll learn then the severity of his foot injury. There’s a chance he doesn’t miss a start, but there’s also a chance he gets placed on the IL. If that happens, what do the Dodgers do?
Urias will make the start for LA tonight, but as it currently stands there isn’t a starter for the Dodgers for tomorrow. Urias’ start tonight will likely decide who makes the start. If he’s able to eat innings, tomorrow could very well be a bullpen game. If it’s another short outing for Urias, we could see someone called up to make the spot start.
Some potential names we can see make a start tomorrow are Mitch White and Josiah Gray. The Dodgers also have Victor Gonzalez and Alex Wood available in the bullpen, so we could see them eating up innings for LA.
Sunday aside, what does LA do moving forward? Hopefully for them, Buehler’s blister problems aren’t an issue leading into October. We’ve seen how they can affect Rich Hill, and it wasn’t pleasant. As I mentioned earlier, we don’t have an update as to the status of May, which we’ll likely learn later.
However, there is definitely cause for concern. The Dodgers have only 15 games remaining and only three starters in their rotation. There is still plenty of time for guys to get healthy, but should things take a turn for the worst, would you be confident with a playoff rotation of Kershaw, Urias and Gonsolin with the addition of maybe Wood?
Like I said. There’s plenty of time left. There’s a good chance the Dodgers will be just fine. But it is definitely something to keep our eyes on as the season begins to wind down.
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