Dodgers Roster: More Starting Rotation and Bullpen Thoughts

The injury bug is already digging its sharp teeth into the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff, and we’re still not at the quarter-way mark of the year.

Although the 2022 season began extremely well for both the starting rotation and relief crew, things may be starting to bend a bit, especially if the last few games are any indication.

Over the last three contests — all of which were losses — the Dodgers have surrendered a whopping 26 runs. 21 of those runs came against the Phillies, who have one of the better-rated offenses in the National League. The Los Angeles ace, righty Walker Buehler, gave up nine hits Friday night after moving his start up a day, the most hits he’s surrendered in an outing in almost three years.

“We weren’t very effective today on the pitching front,” Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes said after Friday’s 12-10 loss to the Phillies. ”They’re aggressive. They have good hitters in their lineup. We just didn’t do enough. We put ourselves in bad counts and had to come after hitters.”

No Timetable for Clayton Kershaw

The worst news of the day came Friday morning when the team placed Clayton Kershaw on the shelf with SI joint inflammation. The SI joint links the spine to the pelvis and inflammation can cause pain that extends down the legs, so it appears this is happening with Kershaw down his right leg. A potential timetable to return hasn’t yet been mentioned.

Kershaw joins fellow southpaw Andrew Heaney on the injured list, who is still quite far from a prospective return. Tyler Anderson and youngster Ryan Pepiot have made starts in Heaney’s absence. With Kershaw on the shelf, it could mean the club gets an extended look at Pepiot.

Other options include Andre Jackson or Mitch White, once he fully recovers from Covid.

Blake Treinen Probably Out Until All-Star Break

To make matters worse, the team hinted earlier in the week that righty reliever Blake Treinen would probably be out until at least the All-Star break with shoulder issues.

“He’s still not playing catch, so I don’t have a timetable,” manager Dave Roberts said about Treinen on Monday. “I will say it’s safe to say, his value for us is during the stretch run, whatever that means. So we’re going to take our time with him and do everything we can to make sure he’s ready for the second half of the season.”

Last season, Treinen led the entire team with 72 relief appearances, followed by Kenley Jansen with 69. The next closest was Phil Bickford at 56, who still hasn’t resembled his old self after beginning the 2022 season on the injured list with arm soreness.

Tommy Kahnle looked decent in his first few appearances after returning from UCL surgery, but he has been wild lately. Over four total outings this year, Kahnle has surrendered three earned runs on five hits, a walk and a hit batsman over an even four innings of work.

Caleb Ferguson might be able to help sometime soon; but for now, the bullpen will have to dig deep until Treinen and Dustin May return sometime after the All-Star break.

9 thoughts on “Dodgers Roster: More Starting Rotation and Bullpen Thoughts

  1. “Lefties like Caleb Ferguson and Victor Gonzalez might be able to help sometime soon”.
    Not VGon. He just had elbow surgery and may not be back at all this year.

  2. Beau Burrows was listed as today’s starter for OKC and has now been replaced by Erlin, who has found his way back there.

    Burrows may be the next guy on the DFA Train. OKC to LA, after a short stay a DFA, pass through waivers, back to OKC.

  3. Pepiot, White, Jackson, Grove are on 40 man roster. I hope they give Pepiot another opportunity. Grove is an intriguing possibility he is big 6’3 has high velocity and a good breaking pitch. Hasn’t pitched much in the minors yet but reports say he has potential. The fact the Dodgers put him on the 40 man says they believe he has talent. Why not give these young guys some experience and a chance to see what they need to work on. Experience is the only way to hone your craft.

    1. I think the main reason they moved Grove to the 40-man was to protect him from Rule 5. But you’re right — they must see a bunch of talent in him to make that commitment.

      1. They’ve just announced that Grove is being brought up for tomorrow’s game although they haven’t stated whether to be the starter or come out of the bullpen.

        Although earlier signs pointed to Burrows, Grove is a much more interesting prospect at this point.

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