The Dodgers are going to be needing some help in their starting rotation at some point. After losing Walker Buehler for up to 2 months this past week, you can be sure Andrew Friedman is keeping an eye on the market. But that doesn’t necessarily mean Los Angeles will be swinging a deal for a starter anytime soon.
The good news is that the Dodgers do have some internal options to fill the gaps. Sure, they are front-of-the-line starters, but they have multiple guys that can get the job done. They also have Dustin May now 13+ months removed from Tommy John surgery. He has thrown bullpens, but he’s still a ways away.
The OC Register’s Bill Plunkett spoke with Andrew Friedman this week, and D-May came up as part of that conversation. Friedman seemed to indicate that they were taking it slow with him and that the team was in no rush to bring him along. And that’s the right move.
“He’s doing well and we’re going to keep being methodical about the buildup in terms of putting him in the best position to not only be healthy and strong for the rest of this season but also for as far as we can see out. We’re evaluating that as we go and how things are progressing. We don’t have a firm timetable on that. But he is checking all the boxes for now and that is the most important thing.”
When healthy, Dodgers fans know what May is capable of. He can be a top starter as completely change the dynamic of this rotation. But the last thing they want to do is rush him just because they have a need for a starting pitcher right now.
Realistically, May still needs to go through the process of facing hitters before he can even consider a rehab assignment. When he does go on rehab, it seems reasonable to assume he would need a handful of appearances to get built back up. So while May is an option to fill in later in the season, he’s not an option while Buehler is out.