Dodgers pitcher Dustin May went on the injured list with a lower-back issue over the weekend, ending his regular season after six starts. While he won’t be eligible to return during the regular season, he and the team are hopefull he’ll be ready for the start of the National League Division Series on October 11.
May played catch for the first time since the injury on Tuesday, and he said things are “definitely going in the right direction.”
For the first time, we got some clarity on where the injury is, and while Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts had thrown out the word “oblique” as one possibility, it sounds like that’s not the issue.
“It’s just low left back. There’s nothing really super-specific about it, it’s just in that area.”
May was asked how optimistic he is about being ready in time for the postseason, and he said, “I feel completely confident about it.”
#Dodgers Dustin May played light catch today and said he feels better. Said the pain is in his left lower back. May added that he feels “completely confident” he’ll be ready for the NLDS.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) September 27, 2022
As for next steps, May says things are just “day to day.”
“We’re just gonna start feeling it out, and if it feels good, then we’re gonna keep progressing, and if it gets irritated then we’ll step back. But at this point, with how well today went, I think we’re in a good spot.”
As for May’s postseason role, his mindset is that since he didn’t know if he was going to be an October starter before the injury, he’s not stressing about what his role will be after the injury.
“I wasn’t informed of anything before, I haven’t been informed of anything now, so I’m all ears for what’s coming next.”
For as set as the position-player side of L.A.’s postseason roster is, the pitching side is full of questions like this. Hopefully, a healthy and effective Dustin May will be the answer to one of those questions.
"First day playing catch since my last start so definitely going in the right direction." Dustin May on how his back is feeling and if he's confident he'll be ready for the postseason. pic.twitter.com/yjALTdFAlo
— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) September 27, 2022
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