The Dodgers should finally be getting Clayton Kershaw back this week. After waiting for his return from a back issue, Los Angeles should be getting his help back in the starting rotation by this weekend in San Francisco. And that will be huge for a starting staff that has labored through the last month.
But that shouldn’t mean that someone gets bumped back to the bullpen immediately. The Dodgers have to decide what to do with Mitch White, 1 of the 2 guys filling in with Kershaw and Andrew Heaney out. But the best move might be keeping it at 6 guys for a while.
Part of the reason for that is simply the heavy workload. Dodgers pitchers have been taxed as of late, playing a heck of a lot of games without breaks over the last month. Getting guys some extra days of rest might be just what they need to get back on track,
Should the Dodgers go to a 6-man rotation when Kershaw and Heaney return?
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That would mean extra days for Walker Buehler and Julio Urias, a pair of guys that have struggled over their last 5 starts. Buehler has been hit for 19 earned runs over 24.2 innings of work while Urias has tallied 11 earned runs over 28.1 innings. The Dodgers could give them some extra rest, especially since they’re coming off of heavy workloads in 2022.
When they do get Heaney back, that should bump White back to the bullpen to give them some long relief. That would still leave them with 6 guys in the rotation if they were to keep Tyler Anderson in there. But the way things have gone, that might be their best choice. It might also help Kershaw to stay healthy, something they’re really going to need this year.