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Dodgers Dustin May Throwing After Taking Liner to Head in Arizona

Big Red could be on his way back soon.

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - SEPTEMBER 01: Relief pitcher Dustin May #85 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is attended to by a team trainer after being hit by a line drive during the fourth inning of the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on September 01, 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told the media on Wednesday night that rookie right-handed pitcher Dustin May tossed a simulated inning, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com.

May was hit in the head with a line drive in his last appearance on September 1 and subsequently experienced some neck soreness.

According to Gurnick, one of the hitters May faced was utility journeyman Kristopher Negrón:

The ball that hit May was said to have grazed his glove, but it was pretty flush and it was a very, very ugly scene.

May has not been what the Dodgers have hoped out of the bullpen in his limited time there. As a starter, the 21-year-old right-hander has allowed just seven earned runs in 22 1/3 innings of work. As a reliever, he has also allowed seven earned runs, but in just 2 1/3 innings. Yikes. Going forward, May’s stuff points to a bright future, shown by a 98th percentile spin rate on his curveball and a 96th percentile spin rate on his fastball.

Regardless, the primary focus for Dustin May is to get healthy and to make sure everything is fine. Still, as more time passes, the chances of him earning a spot on the Dodgers’ postseason roster come October become slim.

The Dodgers possess a large amount of both relief and starting pitching options down the stretch and into October, but the Dodgers could certainly utilize May’s services.

Collectively, May holds a 5.11 ERA and 3.54 FIP in 24 2/3 innings, while striking out 18 batters.

Written by Daniel Preciado

My name is Daniel Preciado and I am 18 years old. I am a sophomore Sport Analytics major and Cognitive Science and Economics dual minor at Syracuse University. When I am not in New York, I live in Whittier, California --- not too far from Chavez Ravine. I am pretty old-school for being an analytics guy and I will always embrace debate. Also, Chase Utley did absolutely nothing wrong.

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  1. I like May but I don’t think he’s quite ready for the show just yet. To bring him out of the pen in playoff pressure is too much to ask of him. Gonsolin however has proven that he could be an asset.

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