Dodgers’ starting pitcher Emmet Sheehan has been tearing it up in his last two starts for Triple-A Oklahoma City.
In his first game back in Triple-A after making an appearance against Oakland, Sheehan threw for 4 innings, allowing 2 hits and an earned run. In his next game, the 23-year-old threw 4 scoreless innings and allowed a single hit.
Sheehan showed promise in his major-league debut, throwing a no-hitter through 6 innings against the San Francisco Giants. He proved a viable option for much of the following games, until three consecutive appearances where he allowed 4 or more earned runs — including a nasty 8 hit, 8 earned run performance against the Texas Rangers.
It’s important to remember that Sheehan is fresh in his major league career and some spotty performances are to be expected from a young rookie. He is clearly an exciting young player for LA and has the chance to play a major role in the team’s future.
It is unclear whether Sheehan will return to the major leagues this season, as the Dodgers’ starting pitching rotation is on the mend. Clayton Kershaw is back from a shoulder injury and is looking like his regular Cy Young-caliber self. Walker Buehler has the potential to return this season after undergoing the second Tommy John surgery of his career last season. However, it is more likely that Buehler would play from the bullpen.
If the Dodgers do end up needing Sheehan to make a big league appearance, he has the experience and is clearly proving his vitality in the minor leagues.
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