The Dodgers pitching staff is running on fumes. LA will be starting an unproven pitching prospect for the second time in five days. Despite never pitching above Double-A, Michael Grove is set to take the bump to help the depleted starting rotation that’s missing Andrew Heaney and Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw landed on the 15-day IL on Friday due to right SI joint hip inflammation. Although the lefty sounds confident he’ll be ready to pitch once his stint is over, it’s still cause for concern given his injury history.
Prior to first pitch today, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said that Clayton Kershaw played catch today, but the injury is still nagging. AM570’s Davis Vassegh was one of the first to report.
Dave Roberts said Clayton Kershaw experienced some soreness playing catch today. The plan is to have Kershaw throw a bullpen session on Wednesday. #Dodgers
— David Vassegh (@THEREAL_DV) May 15, 2022
On Friday, team president Andrew Friedman stated during an appearance on Dodger Talk with David Vassegh that he’s not worried about the injury hampering Kershaw throughout the season.
“Flare-up is a good descriptor. Not concerned about it long term, but just want to make sure it doesn’t evolve into something that’s scarier so knock it out right now and get him back soon.”
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Roberts also mentioned that Andrew Heaney has continued to ramp up his throwing program and could start testing out his shoulder more seriously next week according to The Athletic’s Fabian Ardaya.
Andrew Heaney has continued playing catch, Dave Roberts said. Will travel with the team on this next trip, and could begin throwing bullpens this week.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) May 15, 2022
The Dodgers are in the middle of a stretch of their schedule – 31 games in 30 days. Getting Heaney back, even as a bullpen arm, will certainly help a staff that has given up runs left and right.
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