An anticipated Dustin May return quickly became sour as May struggled after an emphatic return and soon went down with a back injury. The injury was enough to sideline him for the rest of the regular season putting his availability for the postseason in question.
May has recently pitched two simulated innings and feels ready to go after being placed on the IL late in September. It remains to be seen, of course, how confident Dave Roberts will be with May moving forward.
However, with all things considered, at least May feels confident enough in himself to be able to go out there with the team whenever he is called upon. Even if it means a smaller role (quotes via Bill Plunkett, The OC Register).
“It started off pretty rocky, but at the end it kind of went a little better. Body is feeling really good. Back is feeling a lot better. I mean, I’m ready. I’m ready for whatever. It took probably six or seven days to get back to feeling kind of normal moving around. It wasn’t slow but it wasn’t fast. Now I’m back to normal. Just got to get back in the swing.”
Prior to his injury May recorded a 2-3 record with a 4.50 ERA. The numbers don’t boast for a huge role right out of the gate but with a career ERA of 3.26 the talent is there for May to make an impact.
During Friday’s workout day at Dodger Stadium, Andrew Friedman shared his thoughts on the fireballer.
If Dustin May is able to make the NLDS roster, Andrew Friedman said the hope is he will be built up to throw around 3-4 innings.
— Fabian Ardaya (@FabianArdaya) October 7, 2022
May will help bolster a lineup that has been riddled with injuries but look to gel together at the right time as the team reaches their ultimate goal.
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