Nowadays, the words “Dodgers” and “disabled list” are almost synonymous. The Boys in Blue have been struggling for the past month trying to find a set starting rotation due to the likes of Kershaw, Ryu, and Wood all joining the disabled list. This has put a lot of pressure on the front office to make moves to acquire some starting pitching with the trade deadline closing in. Well, a move has been made, though not the move fans might have been hoping for.

On Saturday it was announced that Ross Stripling was recalled from the OKC Dodgers and Grant Dayton was sent down. Stripling has not made an appearance in the big leagues since May 22 where he pitched 3 scoreless innings. According to ESPN.com, Stripling started 9 games in 2016, accumulating a 4.53 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 45.2 innings.

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Stripling would enter from the bullpen in Saturday’s game against the Cardinals and pitch fantastic! He went the last two innings of the game giving up no runs and showing off how much movement he puts on the ball!

This is definitely not going to solve the Dodgers’ starting rotation problem; however, it will hold the pitching staff together while the front office pursues players like Chris Archer, Chris Sale, or Sonny Gray. The fact that the Dodgers are only 4 games behind the Giants and lead the wild card race, even with all of these injuries, just shows the amount of talent that the team has. The only thing that is certain is that the bucket of depth that has been keeping the team afloat is almost empty, leaving the pressure of the front office to act.

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  1. RandyKirchner

    front office is going to do nothing they figure dodgers can get by without a change

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