A couple of days ago, Yu Darvish made a trip to the disabled list because of a back problem. Although it’s mostly an act of protecting their new starter, he will only miss one start.
Yu Darvish threw 32-pitch bullpen session. Tentatively slked to do it again Thursday #Dodgers
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) August 21, 2017
Brock Stewart who has been inconsistent in his few starts for the Dodgers will be making his return to the rotation temporarily for Darvish. He will be starting the Tuesday evening game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after what was a thriller yesterday. Brock Stewart who was recalled from Triple-A this morning will be making his third start of the season. Although his ERA is below 2. He has not been able to make it past 5 innings due to a pitch count. He has been very solid in relief, however. So watch out for the Dodgers’ having to use a lot of bullpen pitchers today.
Brock Stewart starts tomorrow.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 21, 2017
Yu Darvish is expected to make his start on Sunday in Milwaukee. However, it is expected that the Dodgers will be very careful in him making that start in an effort to save him for playoff time. Clayton Kershaw is also close to a return. After a very successful sim game, he feels great and is expected to make a rehab start this weekend. It won’t be long until the Dodgers have their star-studded rotation back and running. When September 1st hits, the roster expands to 40 and I would guess that the majority of the players coming up will be bullpen arms. The Dodgers are 20 games up in the west, and I would imagine that the core of the rotation will be coddled going into playoffs. Limiting their pitches, and innings to keep them sharp, but healthy and ready to dominate. It is likely that with the roster expansion, we will see Walker Buehler come up and be a part of the Dodgers’ bullpen efforts.