This is it. This is the news we’ve been waiting for! Today the Dodgers announced they have activated right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler from the 10-day Injured List. He will start against the A’s tonight. In a corresponding move, the club optioned righty Mitch White to the alternate site at USC.
Dodgers activate RHP Walker Buehler from IL, option RHP Mitch White.
— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) September 24, 2020
It’s been a season of missed opportunities for Buehler. The 26-year-old has made only 7 starts in the already shortened 2020 season thanks, in part, to a blister issue on his right index finger. When he has been healthy enough to pitch, things haven’t been great for the young ace-in-waiting. In 32.2 innings, he’s allowed 23 hits, 14 earned runs, 7 home runs, and has walked nearly 3 batters per 9 innings.
Walker will face the Oakland A’s tonight at Dodger Stadium for his final regular season tuneup before the postseason. Whether he starts game 1 or game 2 for the Dodgers in the new three-game Wild Card round may be determined in part by this outing.
Walker Buehler gets the start tomorrow that the team hope is a "regular start." The training staff will be monitoring the blister all game long.
Ideally looking for 6 innings, 90 pitches. #Dodgers
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) September 24, 2020
Mitch White, 25, was in his third tour of duty with the big league club this season. In two relief appearances, the righty has allowed just 1 hit and 1 walk while striking out 2 in 3 innings pitched. The rookie made his major league debut on August 28 and picked up his first career win on September 18th.
With Buehler back in the fold, the Dodgers are seemingly at full strength for the first time this season.