The Dodgers should be getting a whole lot of help for their pitching staff in the next two weeks or so. Clayton Kershaw should be coming off of the injured list this weekend after experiencing pain in his back earlier in May. And Andrew Heaney is currently out on a rehab assignment with Triple-A OKC.
But it sounds like Heaney will need a few more rehab starts before he can get back to the big league squad. Heaney threw a bullpen with the Oklahoma City Dodgers this week in preparation for his start later in the week.
Dave Robers added before the game on Tuesday night that Heaney would get 2 more rehab starts. That means the Dodgers will be without him for almost 2 more weeks, assuming everything goes according to plan.
“Andrew, I think he threw a ‘pen [Tuesday] in OKC. His next turn, I think is Thursday or Friday. It’s going to be four innings; four and 60 (pitches). After that, he’ll do another one at five innings, and we’ll see where we’re at after that third one.”
The Dodgers absolutely need the help in their starting rotation right now. The bullpen has been incredibly taxed and needs Mitch White or Tyler Anderson back out there. They’ll get that this week when Kershaw gets activated.
But when Heaney is ready to go, he’ll provide further depth. That could push Anderson to the bullpen or create a situation where the Dodgers go with a 6-man rotation. There really is no wrong answer.