Dodgers sorting through pitching options as injuries mount – Daily News


The Dodgers’ pitching depth made them the envy of baseball this spring.

Good times.

Less than 30 games into a 162-game season, that depth has largely dissolved. With Dustin May’s injury Saturday, the Dodgers are down to four starting pitchers with their bullpen also depleted by injuries.

May will undergo an MRI in Chicago on Monday to determine the extent of what the Dodgers are only calling a “right arm injury” for now. But he became the eighth Dodger pitcher to go on the Injured List Sunday.

In his place, the Dodgers added left-hander Mike Kickham, a 32-year-old veteran who signed a minor-league deal with the Dodgers this spring. Before making six appearances with the Boston Red Sox last year (and posting a 7.71 ERA), Kickham had not pitched in the major leagues since 2014 with the San Francisco Giants, cycling through three organizations and an independent league in the interim.

Part of their eight-man deep stable of starting pitchers this spring, Tony Gonsolin (shoulder) and David Price (hamstring) are two of the eight pitchers on the IL. Jimmy Nelson is now an important piece of a bullpen that is missing Corey Knebel, Brusdar Graterol and Joe Kelly as well as Price.

Three off days in a stretch of eight days starting Thursday will allow the Dodgers to postpone replacing May and go with a four-man rotation until May 18 at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

“We’re talking through it right now,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “There’s potential weather in Chicago that first day which could change things as well. But certainly with the off days looking out, a four-man could make sense, absolutely.”

Roberts said Gonsolin is being built up to serve as a starting pitcher when he returns while he sees Price going back to his relief role when he is healthy.

Gonsolin spent most of the first month of the season shut down with a sore shoulder. He has only recently started throwing off a mound and would have to build up to throwing five innings and approximately 75 pitches “at the floor” before he would be ready to assume a spot in the Dodgers’ rotation. That will take three to four weeks, Roberts acknowledged, time Gonsolin would likely spend pitching for a minor-league team.

“I think that timeline is fair,” Roberts said. “I think that it depends on how he’s feeling. I do know that the minor-league season is gonna start here soon and that kind of is in line with his progression.”

The Dodgers’ top pitching prospect, Josiah Gray, is not currently under consideration to join the Dodgers.

The Dodgers were considering using Price as a spot starter during their series in Milwaukee before he suffered a hamstring injury. He is just about a week into his rehab.

“He’s not trying to play center field,” Roberts said. “It’s still feeling good. He doesn’t feel it when he plays catch. So, the four- to six-week timeline — I think we’ll be under that one.”

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