In late May, Los Angeles Dodgers’ starter Ross Stripling was optioned back to Triple-A Oklahoma City after pitching three innings of emergency relief in the 17-inning game against the Padres. He picked up the win with three scoreless innings and 38 pitches. Due to the extra innings, he was unable to make his start the following Tuesday, and Mike Bolsinger was recalled in his place.
Stripling underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery in 2014. He was told by management to prepare his body and be ready to handle facing a batting order three times in one game.
“It stinks to be on an innings limit,” Stripling said. “But that’s where I am this year. I think at this time, the elbow, it feels great. But if throwing three innings gives me the ability to throw seven at the end of the year, then I’m all for that.”
This past Sunday, Andrew Friedman, Dodgers’ President of Baseball Operations, spoke to the media regarding the move to designate Carl Crawford for assignment. While on the subject of roster moves, Friedman was asked when he was planning on bringing Stripling back up from the minor leagues.
“He’s definitely going to come back and help us win games this year. I don’t know exactly when but there’s no doubt in my mind that he will,” Friedman said. “I don’t know exactly, we’re just kind of doing … like … he pitched the other day in extended [spring training at Camelback Ranch in Arizona], threw a pen yesterday, he’s feeling really good. We’re just trying to figure out how to manage … obviously Ryu factors into that, McCarthy factors into that, Brett Anderson, just trying to balance the time a little bit.”
Friedman said he is worried about getting to September or October and having to shut down starters such as Stripling and Urias.
He also said that Stripling can either come back as a starter or a reliever, but they will “build him back up for sure and then you can go either way.”
Stripling is currently listed on the OKC’s 7-day disabled. On Friday, he insisted he was completely healthy and ready to start again with the Dodgers.
Although they are minor cases, The Dodgers’ bullpen has been hit with injury after injury as of late. Fans will be comforted knowing that Stripling and his arm are ready to head back to the majors if need-be should another issue hit the current rotation.
Friedman said no timetable set for @RossStripling's return to Dodgers but said it will happen.
— ThinkBlueLA (@Think_BlueLA) June 5, 2016
Pack your bags, @RossStripling, you're coming back up!
— pls (@doyerspls) June 2, 2016