The Dodgers are probably going to need another starting pitcher at some point. While they do have some big names on the roster, they also have a few massive question marks surrounding them as well. One of those guys is Trevor Bauer, who just had his administrative leave extended by Major League Baseball again this week.
But the Dodgers also have a few starters that are not going to be ready for most of this season. They just signed Danny Duffy to a big-league deal, but he is not expected to be ready until June, at the earliest.
They also signed Jimmy Nelson to a deal, and he will not be ready to go this year. Nelson underwent Tommy John surgery back in August. That recovery time is typically 12-18 months, depending on the player and position.
This week, the Dodgers officially moved Dustin May to the 60-day injured list. May is recovering from Tommy John surgery that he underwent early in the season in 2021. He is not expected to be ready to go until the end of the year, and would likely only pitch in a relief role.
The Dodgers could also opt to play it safe with him and not push him this season. So for the moment, they have Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler, and Julio Urias lined up as their top three starters.