One of the biggest X-Factors for the Dodgers this season is RHP Dustin May. At his best, May is one of the nastiest and most unhittable pitchers in the entire league. On the other end of the spectrum, though, he can lose his command, and get absolutely torn apart.
Last year, after coming back from Tommy John surgery, we saw both versions of May. He had three really good starts, and he had three really bad starts. Now, fully healthy though, May is one of the most important Dodgers in a rotation filled with injury-prone pitchers. The Dodgers need him to stay healthy and pitch at his best for a full season. At spring training, manager Dave Roberts spoke about May’s build up this offseason.
“It’s going to be different from him versus a guy that was healthy all last year. We’re definitely gonna be mindful of it. With Dustin he’s a guy that he’s, he looks strong — strong of mind as well, he’s a great competitor, so he’s always going to want more. So I don’t know, right now, the limitations, but certainly being mindful of the last year and what he had to go through. We got to be cognizant of that. But as far as like innings limits, stress of an inning, or outings or how we kind of manage it in the season, I don’t know yet. But, I’m excited for him to start the season healthy and not be in that rehab mode.”
It’s nice to know that May is healthy, and the team is taking a cautious approach to ensure he’s ready for a full workload in 2023. A healthy May would go a long way to the Dodgers having success in 2023, and that starts with a smart approach in spring training.
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