Dodgers News: Ryan Pepiot Won’t Be Ready Until May at the Earliest
The Dodgers starting rotation was hit with quite the tough news dump on Monday. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts spoke to the media, and announced that both Tony Gonsolin and Ryan Pepiot were having their injury timelines pushed back. Both pitchers weren’t going to be ready by the end of April, and are likely to be back at some point in May.
This is tough news for the Dodgers, whose rotation has struggled in the absence of Gonsolin and Pepiot. After Gonsolin went down with an injury early in March, Pepiot was supposed to fill in as the No. 5 starter, but suffered an oblique injury that forced him to open the season on the IL. In his place, Michael Grove has made two starts, and, to put it lightly, hasn’t been very good. He’s gone just 7.1 innings, and is sporting a sky-high 14.73 ERA.
Dodger fans hoped Pepiot would be able to come back soon from that oblique injury, but Roberts said he still hasn’t even started throwing yet.
With Gonsolin and Pepiot out for at least another three to four weeks, the team will continue to rely on Grove, and hope he starts figuring things out.
If he doesn’t, the team will have to start looking for alternatives — and right now, they don’t have a lot of options.
The team doesn’t seem very keen on bringing up RHP Gavin Stone this early in the year, but if Grove continues to struggle, they might have no other choice.
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