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Dodgers To Promote RHP Michael Grove to Debut Sunday



The Dodgers will be adding in more help this weekend with the pitching staff. They have already debuted Ryan Pepiot this past week, and it sounds like he will be the first of two prospects to make their big league debut this week for them. 

Dave Roberts told reporters yesterday that Michael Grove will be coming up with the Dodgers on Sunday. Doc added at the time that he was not sure if he would be entering as a starter or eating up some bulk innings behind an opener on Sunday afternoon. 

Grove was a second-round pick for the Dodgers in the 2018 draft. He was coming off of Tommy John surgery that had taken out a full season of college ball for him. But as the Dodgers do, they took a gamble on a guy with arm injuries before reaching professional baseball. 

Grove is in the Dodgers’ top 30 prospects, and MLB has him at number 23. His fastball can reach up to 99 mph and his slider has also received a very high grade from scouts. The team changed up his arm slot last season, something that resulted in him getting more consistent strikeouts and better numbers. 

But even if they didn’t want him to debut this early, the Dodgers really need some help. They’re in the middle of playing a whole lot of games, including multiple doubleheaders. The injury to Clayton Kershaw this week only further exasperated the situation. 

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  1. So Dodgers nation, why no articles on the teams meltdown this week? They’ve now lost 4 of their last 5 and 4 straight and are currently losing 4-2. We saw Roberts put reliever Hudson in back to back games giving up the winning runs both times. Dodgers pitching has melted down worse than Chernobyl nuclear plant. And with the news that Kershaw is inured adds to the teams current woes. I realize it’s early in the season, but with the fact that the Padres, DBacks, Giants, and Rockies are all over .500, Dodgers can’t afford to lose like this.