The Dodgers entered the season with an abundance of starting pitching options, but that depth has started to dwindle. David Price spent the early part of the season in the bullpen, but he’s currently on the IL with a Grade 2 hamstring strain. The emergence of Dustin May is the biggest reason why Price was in the bullpen to begin with, but May’s season is reportedly over. He suffered a torn UCL and will require Tommy John surgery to repair it.
With May unavailable, it’s unclear who will take over as the Dodgers’ fifth starter. Price and Tony Gonsolin are the most logical options, but both players are expected to miss multiple weeks. Mitch White, Edwin Uceta, and Phil Bickford seem like the best available replacements at the moment.
Luckily, the Dodgers do have some time before making a decision. Walker Buehler will start for the team Monday vs. the Cubs, and the Dodgers are listed as -205 favorites on FanDuel Sportsbook in that matchup. Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer will start the next two days, so the Dodgers won’t have to decide on their fifth starter until their next series.
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