The Dodgers are going to need some starting pitching help at some point. Regardless of where they go to get that help, Los Angeles is too short on arms right now to justify not doing something. Clayton Kershaw hitting the injured list only further fuels that fire.
When the Trevor Bauer news broke, the immediate thought from Dodgers fans was that David Price would be stretched out to be a starter again. After all, he spent his entire big league career as a starter and won a Cy Young doing just that.
Dave Roberts hinted this week that stretching out Price now made more sense with Kershaw on the IL. But despite that, the Dodgers will not try to stretch him out more over the All-Star break. Doc talked about it before the game on Thursday.
All guys do things to kind of keep their bodies going, especially pitchers. But I expect him to go home, be with his family in Nashville, and keep his arm moving.
The Dodgers will not have Price throw any sort of simulated game in which he would try to extend his pitch count. Instead, they will expect him to take the week off and keep his arm moving as he normally would during a break.
At this point, it’s a complete mystery what the Dodgers plan on doing in regards to starting pitching. Josiah Gray will be up with the team at some point, but he still needs to build up to at least 5 innings per start. That could take at least a month.
And while the hope is that Kershaw can remain healthy, that still leaves 1 gap in their starting rotation. They’ve got to make a decision soon before it’s too late to stretch out someone like David Price.