A CT scan on the left foot of Dodgers pitcher Dustin May showed no fracture, which manager Dave Roberts called a best-case scenario, though whether the right-hander avoids a stint on the injured list remains to be seen.
“It’s sort of a day-to-day thing,” Roberts said on a conference call Saturday. “As far as when he’s going to pitch, or the IL situation, we still have some time to make a decision.”
On his second pitch of Thursday’s game in Arizona, May was hit by a liner that deflected off his left foot, off the bat of Josh Rojas. After conferring with a team trainer and manager Dave Roberts, May stayed in and completed a scoreless inning. But his was removed after throwing a few warmup pitches in the second inning.
The injury was first described as a left foot contusion, though Roberts said after Thursday’s game that X-rays were inconclusive.
May said the swelling in his foot was mostly the same Friday as it was Thursday, and he didn’t know what to expect from the CT scan. He was in a walking boot after Thursday’s game and for part of Friday, and said that the swelling has subsided.
“Today it went down a lot, after I got treatment and walked around a little bit,” May said on a conference call. “It feels a lot better.”
May, who started opening day for the Dodgers this season, leads the team in starts (nine) and innings (41⅔). He’s allowed no more than two runs in any start, posting a 2.81 ERA.
But now his status is to be determined. With Walker Buehler already on the injured list for a second time, dealing with a blister on his right hand, the starting rotation is quite thin.
The Dodgers at the moment have three healthy starters — Julio Urías, who starts Saturday), plus Clayton Kershaw, and Tony Gonsolin, who will start the first two games in San Diego. Sunday will be a bullpen game, and the earliest May would start is Wednesday, if he’s not placed on the injured list first.
“You don’t want to compromise the delivery, which would put the arm at risk in come capacity,” Roberts said. “That’s why it’s day to day. We just don’t know until each day’s playing catch, then the flat ground we’ll get a little better idea, and potentially see how he is going down a slope.”
As of now, there isn’t yet a plan for when May will throw again, though he said he’s confident he’ll pitch again during the regular season.
“I feel pretty confident that I can get back out there, but I’m going to talk to our training staff and the coaches, and kind of see their thoughts on it, and go from there,” May said.
If May is unable to pitch this week, and with nine games over the next nine days the Dodgers would need to fill in at least two other starts besides Sunday, whether by another bullpen game, or a call-up. For the latter category, Mitch White is on the 40-man roster, but the club also has two open spots should they wish to add someone like a Josiah Gray, for example.
“We’re going to have some options,” Roberts said.
The earliest Buehler is eligible to return is next Saturday when the Dodgers are in Denver. Roberts said Buehler has been playing catch, but only with his right index finger covered so far.