On Saturday, the Dodgers announced that Dustin May will be going on the 15-day injured list due to lower back tightness. This move will prevent May from pitching in the regular season again and bring his postseason status into question.
Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts spoke with the OC registers Bill Plunkett and told him that he expects the right-hander to pitch come October.
“I don’t know if it’s an oblique … It’s not the arm. It’s the left side of his body,” Roberts said. “He should be back the week after the season, throwing and pitching again. We’re expecting him to be back for the DS. But that’s just the right thing to do right now.”
The good thing riding for Los Angeles is that they will have approximately 5 days of rest before game 1 of the NLDS.
Dodgers beat reporter, Juan Toribio also mentioned how Doc said May might see a different kind of role for the righty.
#Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Dustin May could have a relief role if he eventually returns. The exact injury remains a mystery so we’ll see if he’s eligible for the NLDS, as they hope.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) September 25, 2022
The Texas native missed the majority of last season and the majority of this season as he suffered from Tommy John surgery.
The red-head right hander was a much needed addition and in 6 games he’s started in, he’s been producing for the Boys in Blue.
May is 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA, 29 K’s, 1.17 WHIP in 30 innings pitched. Even though the numbers may not be where he would like, the production is there. His command is something he’d been lacking since his return but that’s going to come with a recovering injury like Tommy John.
May will be a much needed help come postseason play, no matter what role he ends up taking on.