With the ongoing investigation into Trevor Bauer and his likely absence from the team for the foreseeable future, the Dodgers will be without a fifth starter. The plan for now is to revert back to bullpen games to cover his next two starts before the All-Star break, but beyond that is still up in the air.
Dave Roberts already shut down any idea of David Price being stretched out. So could Los Angeles look to the trade market for possible options? Or if the Dodgers are just looking for someone to eat up innings for them, could top pitching prospect Josiah Gray be a possibility?
Unfortunately, Doc doesn’t think he’ll be up with the big league club any time soon.
“I would say an option in the near future? Probably not. To get him back, to get him built up, to get some length, also to perform and show he’s healthy – we’re still down the road on that one. We’ll see as time goes on.”
It makes sense for the team to exercise caution as Jojo has been sidelined from game action with a shoulder impingement. Throwing their prized prospect into the flames too early seems like an unnecessary move despite the predicament the team is in. Protecting their top prospects has worked in the past, so why wouldn’t they continue to do so now?
While Roberts did strike down Gray helping out the club in the near future, he did leave a possible call up open. That is if he can get back to his 2019 form where he rose through the minors with ease. As for the big league club, they’ll have to look elsewhere for an arm that could plug the hole.