The Dodgers made a slight shuffle to their starting rotation, skipping Dustin May to start Clayton Kershaw in Sunday’s series finale against the Nationals.
Off days on Thursday and Monday meant if they stayed in order, Kershaw would have had six days between starts since he last started Tuesday in Oakland. Now, his start Sunday will be on four days rest.
“We wanted to give Dustin a couple extra days and keep Clayton on turn,” manger Dave Roberts said.
May will not be available out of the bullpen for the series against Washington, and Roberts said May would slot back into the rotation “shortly.”
Nationals manager Dave Martinez told reporters that Max Scherzer would start the series finale for Washington, making Sunday a battle of three-time Cy Young Award winners. Saturday’s Nationals starter is still to be determined, though it could be left-hander Patrick Corbin, who is currently on the injured list.
Martinez says Corbin flew in today, but it’s unclear if he could actually be available to pitch.— Todd Dybas (@Todd_Dybas) April 9, 2021
He’s been cleared from quarantine.
Julio Urías starts for the Dodgers on Saturday.
On the mend
Dodgers relievers Brusdar Graterol and Joe Kelly are both at Dodger Stadium to receive their championship rings, though both remain on the injured list.
Roberts also said he expects Graterol would be ready to return before Kelly, though there is no target date yet for either pitcher.
“I don’t know the timetable,” Roberts said. “But we’re going to see [Graterol] soon enough.”