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Dodgers News: Josiah Gray Will Remain in the Starting Rotation For Now

JoJo appears to be here to stay.



The Dodgers appear to have finally run into some good luck with Josiah Gray. After watching their starting pitchers drop all year long, Gray showed up with some injury concerns and has proven to be a blessing. 

Over 2 appearances, Gray has thrown 8 innings for the Dodgers. He hasn’t exactly been the innings-eater the Dodgers need in their depleted rotation, but he’s been a godsend to the overworked bullpen. 

Sunday afternoon was Gray’s first start of his big league career and second appearance with the Dodgers. He allowed 2 runs to come across in his 4 innings, but he also punched out 6 batters and allowed 3 total hits. Dave Roberts revealed after the game that the team views him as a starter and they plan on keeping him there. 

To keep him stretched out making starts is I think what’s best for the Dodgers. He’s a major league pitcher and right now we see him as a starter.

But the Dodgers will have a full rotation when Clayton Kershaw returns, which should be soon. Walker Buehler, Julio Urias, Tony Gonsolin, and David Price will all round out the starting 5. But if Los Angeles goes out and gets a starter at the deadline, they know Gray is open to a relief role as well. 

If we do get to a point where we see his value for the ‘21 major league club in the ‘pen, I’m sure we’ll have that conversation. It just speaks to JoJo as a man, the buy-in in doing whatever he can to help us. He’s a major league pitcher. Right now, we see him as a starter.

The Dodgers could also opt to push David Price back into his relief role. Given their desire to protect young arms though, it would make sense that Gray gets moved to the bullpen to get some relief innings under his belt. 

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But regardless of where he ends up pitching for the rest of the year, they view him as a starter now. And the Dodgers are going to continue to throw him out there every 5th day until there is a drastic change to their roster. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. Can Buehler and Urias pitch the whole seasonnwo some rest? Or could Price and Jojo and a new pitcher provide some relief for them so they are ready for the postseason?

  2. I’m for now because they don’t have anyone else, but a 9.00 ERA doesn’t lend itself to an auspicious start. Fingers crossed because the Dodgers need him!

  3. He is going to get a chance. Home runs are his Achilles heel. Without them he would be pretty solid so far. Better command will eliminate some of them. That comes with confidence and help from the pitching coaches, Price, Kershaw, and Beuhler. And it doesn’t hurt to have a major league team batting behind him

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