Four Dodgers players, as well as manager Dave Roberts and the coaching staff, will head to Denver on Sunday night, with All-Star festivities beginning on Monday at Coors Field. The rest of the team will join them on Friday, when the Dodgers begin their post-break schedule with three games against the Rockies.
Julio Urías will start the series opener on Friday, followed by Walker Buehler on Saturday, Roberts said before Sunday’s series finale against Arizona.
Pitching on seven days rest, Urías will throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. Buehler’s start comes on six days rest, but is likely to pitch an inning in Tuesday’s All-Star Game in between.
Sunday’s starting pitcher hasn’t been determined yet, but it will be either David Price, who last pitched on Friday, or Tony Gonsolin, who pitched in the series finale against Arizona two days later. Clayton Kershaw, currently on the injured list with left forearm inflammation, is targeted for the next series against San Francisco if all goes well, and won’t pitch this weekend in Denver.
Price is the least stretched out of the duo, having topped out at three innings this season. He joked on Friday that he’d pitch to his four-year-old son over the break in order to build up innings. “If he wants to stand in, I’ll get him out a lot,” Price said.
“He’ll do stuff to keep his arm moving, but it’s not his first All-Star break,” Roberts said Sunday. “He’ll start — we’re talking about whether it’s the third or fourth game coming out of the break.”
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