Help is on the way for LA. Injured SP Michael Grove is on the comeback trail from a groin injury suffered a month ago in a start against the Cubs at Dodger Stadium. He completed his second minor league rehab start on Saturday and was exceptional throwing 5.2 scoreless innings.
Rehab start #2 for Michael Grove was really, really good.May 28, 2023
5.2 IP | 5 H | 0 R | 0 BB | 7 K
77 pitches/56 strikes
All 5 hits were singles. Had some trouble keeping the leadoff guy off base (on 4x), but held Sacramento 0-for-13 with runners on. #Dodgers
That'll do it for Michael Grove tonight in the second start of his rehab assignment.— Oklahoma City Dodgers (@okc_dodgers) May 28, 2023
He throws 5.2 scoreless innings with 7 strikeouts! pic.twitter.com/HbZn0OPcB4
Grove made 4 starts for the Dodgers after making the starting rotation out of spring training. He wasn’t good by any stretch of the imagination over those starts but did have some physical things going on during that stretch. The rookie right-hander was dealing with strep throat early in the year that sapped some stamina. He was pitching a bit better when he injured his groin (3 runs over previous 8.2 IP).
Having built up to 77 pitches, Grove should be ready to rejoin the active roster as soon as this week at Dodger Stadium. Considering the struggles of fellow rookie Gavin Stone in the rotation, Grove taking Stone’s spot in the rotation seems to make sense.
The first few starts of Gavin Stone’s major league career have been rough to say the least. After another beating on Sunday (7 ER, 2 IP), his season ERA is up to 14.40 and his inability to put hitters away is getting amplified. Through his first 10 innings, he’s allowed 23 hits, 7 walks, and 16 earned runs.
Dave Roberts said the team will “reassess the rotation” once back in LA and it wouldn’t be shocking to see Stone optioned to Triple-A as soon as Monday.