It wasn’t a surprise but the Dodgers did that thing they do where they withhold the most obvious information for a few days longer than needed. Yes, RHP Michael Grove will be coming off the injured list to start against the Yankees on Saturday.
Michael Grove is starting on Saturday against the Yankees, Dave Roberts said.May 31, 2023
Grove is making his first start since April 20th against the Cubs where he left after 3 innings thanks to a groin strain. He was out longer than initially expected but makes his return after two solid minor league rehab outings at Triple-A Oklahoma City (2 ER, 10 IP). He built up to 77 pitches over 5.1 innings in his most recent start last Saturday.
Overall, Grove’s numbers aren’t great with the Dodgers this year, 0-1, 8.44 ERA in 4 starts. However, he had been on a nice run after a disastrous outing in Arizona where he gave up 9 runs on 12 hits while battling strep throat and fatigue. After that outing, he allowed only 3 runs over 8.2 innings before the groin got him.
Grove steps in for Gavin Stone who was optioned to Triple-A on Tuesday after a rough start to his big league career.
Happy B-Day Doc
Dave Roberts celebrates his 51st birthday today. The manager in his 8th season with the Dodgers has a 687-402 overall record since joining the team ahead of the 2016 season and his .631 winning percentage is among the best in baseball history.
Happy birthday, Doc! pic.twitter.com/h84OoHlgCF— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 31, 2023
The fan favorite also spend parts of three seasons as a player for the Dodgers, hitting .262 with 119 stolen bases out of the leadoff spot.
Rock the Vote
The first round of voting for the All-Star game launched today and will run until June 22nd. Fans can vote up to 5 times daily and are encouraged to at the bare minimum vote 5 times daily for Will Smith who absolutely needs to be an All-Star this year. Freddie Freeman and J.D. Martinez are also more than deserving.