With the Dodgers down a starter for at least another 5 days, the focus has shifted to internal options to fill out the rotation. A lot of chatter has surrounded veteran left-hander David Price of late. Dave Roberts says it wouldn’t be ideal for the former Cy Young award winner to build up to a starter’s workload during the season, but Price says he’s willing and ready to step up to the plate.
Meanwhile, down on the farm, top pitching prospect Josiah Gray has missed most of the minor league season dealing with a shoulder impingement. While he’s now back and throwing again, he still has to not only build up his stamina, he also has to prove he can get batters out at a high level.
Trevor Bauer will be out for at least five more days as of right now, but beyond that, the Dodgers need more help in the rotation as the innings pile up for guys like Julio Urias and Walker Buehler. Beyond that, Clayton Kershaw hasn’t made 30+ starts since 2015.
It’s a tough position for Los Angeles. If Bauer is out longer than the five days — and LA’s next step with the right-hander will be under heavy scrutiny either way — Andrew Friedman will absolutely need to look at the trade market for help. But if the right-hander does return, chances are the team can look internally to ease the workload on the rotation for the next three months and into the postseason.
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