The Dodgers enter the 2021 season with more starting pitchers than any other team in the big leagues. That is obviously a good problem to have, but it’s also a lot for manager Dave Roberts to sort through.
Coming into this year, the assumption was that 4 rotation spots were locked up. After the Dodgers signed Trevor Bauer, the final spot was up for grabs between at least 3 guys. But that might not exactly be the case.
David Price is coming off of a year in which he did not throw a meaningful pitch. He opted to sit out the Dodgers 2020 season due to concerns over the coronavirus but is back to play this year. The initial thought was that he would slide into the back of the rotation after taking an entire year away.
Doc also mentioned that he could see Price pitching in any role.
Starter, bullpen. Whatever they need him for, sounds like DP is in.
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 8, 2021
But on Monday afternoon ahead of Price’s Cactus League debut, Dave Roberts shook things up a little bit. Doc explained that Price could be used in any role that the Dodgers have available for him in a call with the media.
Roberts went on to say that Price has expressed a desire to take on whatever role the team needs him for. Looking at the progressions of pitchers and where he stands, that could very well be in the Dodgers bullpen. Price is scheduled to pitch 1 inning in Monday’s game against the White Sox.
The Dodgers open up their season in just over 3 weeks in Colorado. If his spot opens up in the rotation, expect a battle between Julio Urias, Dustin May, and Tony Gonsolin.
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