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Dodgers News: Ross Stripling Suffers Setback in Rehab

Chicken Strip’s neck is sore once again.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 14: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the Milwaukee Brewers during the seventh inning at Dodger Stadium on April 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. No more than 7 images from any single MLB game, workout, activity or event may be used (including online and on apps) while that game, activity or event is in progress. (Photo by Yong Teck Lim/Getty Images)

According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, right-handed pitcher Ross Stripling (sore neck) has experienced a minor setback in his recovery process. He was supposed to go out on a rehab stint in the coming days, but that will reportedly be delayed.

This has been an ongoing issue with Stripling as he has been experiencing some type of muscle discomfort in his neck lately.

The 29-year-old starting pitcher holds a solid 3.64 ERA this season, with a 3.54 ERA across 12 starts and a 4.02 ERA in 14 relief appearances. Those numbers are slightly misleading due to the small sample size as a reliever mixed in with the fact that Strip holds a pretty solid 3.34 FIP.

According to Baseball Savant, Stripling is also generating an elite 82nd-percentile xwOBA (expected weighted on base average). He is genuinely a better pitcher than you think.

It is up in the air at the moment what role Stripling will assume upon his activation, whether it be as a starter or as a reliever. With the recent emergences of rookies Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin, Ross Stripling could find himself as the fifth starter or a long reliever to strengthen the Dodgers’ bullpen.

The neck issue appears to be nothing terribly serious, but it is worth monitoring nonetheless. Anytime a player suffers a setback in their recovery process, it is important to take note.

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. We don’t need Stripling now or in the upcoming playoffs. His stuff does not play against the powerhouse teams. Hope he is not considered for the playoff roster.Trade him in the offseason. We have enough depth in the minor leagues to sustain his loss.

  2. Gonsolin was sent down so he could get start(s) that he wouldn’t otherwise get w/ LADs (Ryu is coming back this weekend).

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