The Dodgers are going to have a little bit of help in the bullpen this weekend in Atlanta. Dave Roberts confirmed that Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin will both likely be used in relief roles this weekend against the Braves.
Sunday starter still undecided. Could be Gonsolin, could be bullpen game. May will pitch in relief. Urias will pitch tonight in relief.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 16, 2019
The two young right-handers have brought new life to a starting rotation that was hit by the injury bug and could be huge additions to the bullpen. There are plenty of people that believe this will actually be an audition of sorts for relief roles available in the playoffs.
Dave Roberts gave his thoughts on Dustin May in particular in an interview this afternoon and later confirmed Tony Gonsolin as an option as well.
We’ve talked to Dustin and he’s open to whatever feel is best for the ball club. He hasn’t done it [pitched in relief] outside of doing it out of the bullpen in spring training which he referenced, but obviously that’s not the same.
But as far as preparation for it — the mindset — he says he’s got no problem with it, so it’s gonna have to be a couple of times for him to feel comfortable and the organization to feel comfortable.
Dustin May has pitched in three games for the Dodgers, throwing a combined 17 innings to the tune of a 2.56 ERA. He has struck out 15 and walked just two. Tony Gonsolin got a rude welcome in his debut but has since been dominant. He has tossed a combined 10 innings and allowed just one earned run since his first big league start.