Dodgers News: Dustin May Set to Begin Extended Minor League Rehab Assignment
Dodgers team president Andrew Friedman has repeatedly signaled in recent weeks that franchise is unlikely to continue their practice of making blockbuster deals at the trade deadline. Friedman has cited the fact that he and his front office believe that the Dodgers have plenty of “internal” players who can help LA in the second half of the regular season and beyond. Walker Buehler is certainly a name that comes to mind, as is the flame-throwing Dustin May.
May has been steadily working his way back from Tommy John surgery. After graduating to facing live hitters in the Arizona Complex League last weekend, May is set to embark on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment.
The Orange County Register’s Bill Plunkett recently reported that the Dodgers want to get an extended look at May in the minors before bringing him up to the big club.
“May’s minor-league injury rehabilitation assignment is expected to last at least a month as the Dodgers build him up slowly to return as a starting pitcher sometime in August or September.”
The Dodgers have signaled that they plan on using May as a starter once he’s ready to pitch for LA for the first time since May of 2021. May could provide the starting staff with an incredible boost down the stretch and also play a role in LA managing Tony Gonsolin’s workload.
Gonsolin, who was named to his first All-Star Game this season, has been spectacular, but has blown by his career-high for innings pitched (93.2). His previous high was 55.2 (2021).
Whether May is used as a piggyback starter with Gonsolin, or a true starter, he might be the best addition of the summer for the Dodgers.
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