Dodgers News: Michael Grove Placed on IL, Jake Reed Joins Active Roster
Another tough break for the Dodgers on the injury front as rookie starting pitcher Michael Grove will be sidelined for at least two weeks after suffering a right groin strain. On Friday morning, the team announced Grove is heading to the 15-day injured list and right-handed pitcher Jake Reed is joining the active roster.
MLB.com’s Juan Toribio was among those to report the news.
In a corresponding move, RHP Ryan Pepiot was transferred from the 15-day to the 60-day IL as he recovers from an oblique injury. The setback is no doubt frustrating for the rookie that won the fifth starter job out of spring training but injured himself before making a start this season. More on what this means for Pepiot later on the site.
On the Grove injury, Dave Roberts said the issue happened when Grove slipped on the mound at Wrigley during warm ups on Thursday. Grove felt well enough to make the start but was removed after two batters in the 4th inning.
His final line was 3 IP, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K, picking up the no decision in the game.
Who is Jake Reed?
Reed is a journeyman in every sense of the word. This is his third season with the Dodgers but he’s bounced around to the New York Mets a couple times and pitched for the Baltimore Orioles. The right-hander owns a 5.74 ERA lifetime at the big league level but a 2.70 ERA in 10 innings with the Dodgers.
He also got his first career save with LA last season, closing the door against his former team the Mets in dramatic fashion.
Who Takes Michael Grove’s Spot in the Rotation?
Reed will be with the club for now but a decision will still need to be made as to who will take Grove’s next turn in the rotation next week in Pittsburgh. Doc mentioned Tony Gonsolin as one option. Gonsolin threw a 45 pitch rehab outing at Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, allowing 2 runs on a homer in his 4 innings.
Among the other options are Andre Jackson and a bullpen game or even highly regarded prospect Gavin Stone who would be making his major league debut. Also at the minor league level are LHP Robbie Erlin, RHP Dylan Covey, and RHP Matt Andreise. The latter four of this list would require roster moves to be added to the 40-man.
But all that is a problem for next week. Today, the Dodgers and Julio Urias look to make it a winning streak against the Cubs in Chicago.