As if the injury picture for the Los Angeles Dodgers wasn’t already bad enough, things got much worse when righty starting pitcher Dustin May left Saturday’s game against the Brewers with an apparent right arm injury.
After becoming overcome with pain late in the second inning, May signaled to the Los Angeles dugout for medical attention, one batter after he surrendered a solo home run to Milwaukee shortstop Luis Urias. It didn’t take long for manager Dave Roberts to pull may from the game, initially describing the injury as a “shooting sensation” in May’s right elbow.
Prior to his removal from the contest, the 23-year-old May’s fastball was sitting at 97-98 MPH. He was making his fifth start of the season.
May is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Monday when the team arrives in Chicago to begin a three-game series against the Cubs.
Roberts remains on the optimistic side, but early indications seem to be pointing towards the worst. “We remain hopeful, but we won’t know until we get an MRI,” the skipper said in the postgame.
To make matters worse, the Dodgers ended up using a total of 10 pitchers in the 11-inning loss, one day after employing six pitchers in what was already pre-designed as a bullpen game. In Saturday’s contest, the team even used staff ace Clayton Kershaw as a pinch-hitter with the bases loaded in the 10th inning.
Roberts indicated that May will indeed be placed on the injured list on Sunday, opening the door for the club to recall at least one fresh arm to the pitching staff.
With all the uncertainty lingering, the big question right now is who will replace May in the Los Angeles starting rotation. Throughout the entire 2021 Cactus League schedule, there was seemingly a four-way battle for the rotation’s final spot between May, Tony Gonsolin, David Price, and Jimmy Nelson.
Presently, Nelson is the only healthy member of the above quartet, but he is not stretched out to the point where he’d might be able to pitch more than two innings. Gonsolin has just begun a throwing program to rehab his injured shoulder, while Price is still housed on the 10-day injured list with a hamstring issue.
Young righty Edwin Uceta, after having made his MLB debut in Friday’s contest, is a possible candidate for a rotation spot. Under normal circumstances, Uceta would not be eligible to return to the team for 10 days after being optioned, but that rule is void if he would be replacing an injured player.
Accordingly, one would wonder if the team might make any corresponding moves after using every single relief pitcher on Saturday. The only two pitchers remaining on the 40-man roster who have not yet been recalled this year are a pair of young right handers in Gerardo Carrillo and Andre Jackson.
Consequently, a vacancy on the 40-man could be created if the team decides to move reliever Corey Knebel to the 60-day inured list.
Having lost seven of their last 10 games, the Dodgers will send lefty Julio Urias to the mound in the series finale on Sunday. Urias will be opposed by righty Alec Bettinger of the Brewers.
First pitch is scheduled for 11:10 a.m. Pacific time.