Manager Dave Roberts told reporters that top pitching prospect Dustin May will return to the starting rotation, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com
This comes after just one relief appearance for May, albeit one that did not see him enjoy much success. He allowed four earned runs across two innings against the Atlanta Braves on Sunday.
Dustin May will go back to starting again, Dave Roberts said.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 21, 2019
While it appeared for a few weeks that the Dodgers’ front office could be looking at May as a potential bullpen piece in October, that plan has been put on hold with this recent development. This may better serve the Dodgers in the long-run as May could be even more valuable as the fourth starter in the postseason rotation.
Depending on the construct of the postseason roster, May’s presence in the rotation could hint at Julio Urías, Kenta Maeda, and Rich Hill all moving to the bullpen. As recently as this week, manager Dave Roberts told reporters that Urías would be built up a starter during his suspension period and president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said Rich Hill would be ready to start.
That leaves a list of Ryu, Buehler, Kershaw, Hill, May, Gonsolin, Urías, and Maeda vying for four spots in the rotation and an undetermined amount of spots in the bullpen. It will be interesting to see what happens.
May, 21, held a 2.65 ERA prior to Sunday’s stinker in Atlanta. He now holds a 4.26 ERA across 19 innings of work and could find himself as the starter on Saturday against the New York Yankees.