The Dodgers are going to need some help over the next week. Right now, they’re in the middle of playing what will end up being 14 games played in 12 days. Their next day off lies on the other side of those 14 games, which falls on next Thursday.
With that being said, losing Clayton Kershaw to the injured list has really put them in a tough spot. Walker Buehler will be able to go on normal rest tonight in Los Angeles. But beyond that, they don’t have rested arms to fill in the gaps. The next man up would be Julio Urias, who could be bumped up to Saturday.
After that, the Dodgers need to get a little bit creative, especially with a doubleheader looming on Tuesday. MLB.com’s Juan Toribio reported today that one option for them might be Michael Grove, a guy that has not made an appearance beyond Double-A in his career.
#Dodgers are in a tough spot when it comes to finding length over the next few games and a doubleheader looming. Hearing one option for tomorrow is Michael Grove, who is on the 40-man roster, but hasn’t pitched above Double-A. Team still talking through things.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) May 13, 2022
The Dodgers scooped up Grove in the second round of the draft out of West Virginia in 2018. Since then, he has pitched in 47 games at the minor league level. Only 26 of those have come at Double-A, between this year and 2021.
In 16.1 innings of work this year, Grove has punched out 22 batters and issued 5 walks. Grove changed up his arm slot when coming over to the Dodgers and has taken great strides in just a few short years. He can touch 99 on his fastball and his slide has been rated as very good by scouts.
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