The Dodgers are going to continue with the 4-man starting rotation moving forward. Ever since Dustin May went down needing Tommy John surgery this year, the plan seems to be to wait until Tony Gonsolin is ready. There are other guys that can do it, but that has not changed Dave Roberts’ mind.
One of those guys that could be stretched out as a starter is David Price. He made another bullpen start for the Dodgers on Thursday night, and he obviously has experience as a starter. But that’s not a focus for the team right now.
When asked about the possibility of converting Price back to a starter before the game, Doc once again defaulted to Tony Gonsolin. The Dodgers want to wait for him to get healthy, and they’re fine going with 4 starters until then.
I think right now we just love where he is at taking down 1 inning, 1 plus, and having him be more relevant in more games. But in this situation right now, we just need little bit more, it’s just not ideal. We just need Tony [Gonsolin] to come back to slide into that starter role, and then get David more relevant in more games each week.
The problem is that Gonsolin will need at least 2 more rehab starts to return to the Dodgers big league squad. That puts him a little over 2 weeks out from the team having a full starting rotation. Until then, they will go with bullpen games as needed.
But not stretching out Price to potentially start games could be a mistake. The Dodgers seem to be betting big not only on Gonsolin being 100 percent but on their rotation staying healthy all year. But for his part, Price has been great in the role they have given him.
He tossed 2.2 scoreless innings on Thursday night and punched out 5 Giants batters.