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Dodgers: Brusdar Graterol Will Start Today’s Game Against the Padres, Not Dustin May

A little bit of a surprise heading into Wednesday afternoon’s game.



It wouldn’t be a true 2020 Dodgers season without some surprising twists and turns. One of those surprises came again on Wednesday afternoon when it was announced that Dustin May would NOT be starting the series finale against the Padres.

Instead, reliever Brusdar Graterol will make his second start in three days for the Dodgers. Graterol opened up Sunday’s game against the Astros in what ultimately turned out to be a bullpen game for Los Angeles. The announcement from the team came just three hours before first pitch

Dustin May was scheduled to get the start for the Dodgers prior to the announcement. May had been coming off of an outing where he pitched just one inning, but was hit in the foot by a line drive. Tests all came back negative for May, but he needed some time to get the swelling on his foot down. It appears something has changed with that, stay tuned for updates. 

UPDATE

Dave Roberts did confirm in his press conference today that Dustin May will pitch in the game at some point. Roberts liked that Brusdar could get a crack at some of their best hitters and get them off balance. The Dodgers do plan on utilizing May to take up some innings today. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. If May is healthy enough to throw some innings just start him. Go to the bullpen as soon as May falters or doesn’t feel right. Give May all off the lead up preparation afforded to a starter who knows he is starting especially so he can he can make sure his foot is ready. In other words play it like a real baseball game, and stop trying to be cute I don’t want Gatorade starting even if it’s a pure bullpen game. He’s our closer of the future, and maybe even this year if Jansen continues to falter. Gatorade hits 100 MPH, and May hits 99 MPH with nasty movement. They both have more than enough to keep the Padres or anyone else off balance. Start May if he’s ready. Close with Gatorade to give him a real taste of what his role with the Dodgers is going to be. He’s not quite ready because he doesn’t have the A offspeed pitch to go with his heat, but he can’t do any worse than Jansen and his 89 MPH puffballs.

    • I agree! Doc knew Jansen wouldn’t pitch in that gsme so if yoj plan to use Gaterol why not use hom to close? Makes no sense!
      I’d like to hear Doc’s explanation but I doubt it would be good enough to convince me.

  2. C’mon man this sounds like innings for Wood and Kelly today. Dave I’ll take back everything bad I’ve said about you if would just stop tormenting us.

    • Hey fair is fair I take it back. You didn’t use Wood or Kelly thank goodness and things worked out pretty much as you planned. Gonzalez looks really good.

  3. STARTING GRADOL IS NOT THE WAY TO STARTING THIS GAME,ROGERS THINKS HE IS OUT THINKING S.D. D.R.IS SO FAR BEHIND ANY OTHER MANAGER IT IS NOT FUNNY. PLAYERS DO NOT WHERE THEY ARE GOING TO PLAY. FIRE D.R.& A.F. IF F.O. WANTS TO WIN A W.S.

  4. C’mon guys, this is perfect. DR said earlier this month that with the age of and inexpericence of Graterol that he would like to get him in games but not in high leverage situations. Here is the absolute perfect way to do it. Then May comes in and does what he can and then if you need them you have Wood, Kelly and the rest of the guys. Give the hating a little rest and make like you have watched the game before. Please.

    • No Paul, that doesn’t make sense. Gaterol has had plenty of time to get acclamated and has show hd is comfortable. He should be pitching later and later in games not earlier. You don’t get him ready to be a closer by taking all thd pressure off.
      And btw I havr seen plenty of games, coached plenty of games and talked to pro players and coaches about training, strategy et al.

  5. It makes mo sense to me either other than to have Bazooka face the first 3 batters so May can start against the middle/bottom of fhe order, but then what does that say about your confidence in May?
    I’m open to reasonable explanations but I havent heard any.

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