The Dodgers appear to be getting some much-needed help in their starting rotation. With so many guys down for various reasons, the club did not have to turn to the trade market to fill a hole let in their rotation.
At least not yet.
First, the Dodgers are calling up top pitching prospect Josiah Gray to make his big league debut. Gray will be making his MLB debut at age 23 after spending a few years in the team’s system. He originally came over to Los Angeles is the big deal with the Reds that sent Matt Kemp and Yasiel Puig among others to Cincinnati.
Gray has been out for a decent chunk of the season after the Dodgers shut him down with shoulder soreness. But an injury to Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer’s legal battle forced them to go to Gray probably earlier than they should.
Through 4 appearances at the Triple-A level in 2021, Gray has struck out 22 batters and walked just 2. He allowed 5 earned runs in 15.2 innings and kept his WHIP way down below 1. The shoulder issue limited him greatly to start the year, but he was effective when in.
Given his recent injury history and lack of innings in 2021, the Dodgers would likely not have Gray throwing very much on Tuesday night. Keeping him right around 60 pitches is likely what they’re aiming for, which would be an extended opener for them.
Dave Roberts said on Monday night that Gray would be coming in after an opener. The Dodgers are going to use a left handed pitcher to start the game against San Francisco.
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