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.
Ross Stripling has a sore neck again. Rehab stint delayed.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 6, 2019
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.