After a day off on Thursday, the Dodgers were back at Chavez Ravine on Friday to play their first of several intrasquad games as they prepare to take on the Padres at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday.
Los Angeles’ President of Baseball Operations, Andrew Friedman, met with the media on Friday afternoon, and the subject of the 13-man NLDS pitching staff came up several times. There are two roster spots open for pitchers, and injured stars Blake Treinen and Dustin May are both working to get back in time to fill those spots.
Dustin May and Blake Treinen “both are taking positive steps,” Andrew Friedman said, but he wouldn’t confirm that either is a guarantee to be ready for the NLDS. Friedman highlighted May’s strong execution in Wednesday’s sim game as an encouraging sign.
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L.A. Manager, Dave Roberts, said earlier this week that even if May is healthy, he’s not a lock to be on the postseason roster. Two weeks ago, he said Treinen would be on the roster if he’s healthy. With the fates of Craig Kimbrel, Caleb Ferguson, and David Price tied to the decisions on May and Treinen, it makes sense that there’s plenty of interest from several parties regarding their health.
Friedman also said if May is on the roster, the goal is for him to be built up for three or four innings, so there’s surely a strategic portion of the decision, too. Do they want another lefty in Ferguson or Price? Do they want a high-risk, high-reward guy like Kimbrel? Or do they want someone who can take down multiple innings like May?
We might not find out the answers until Tuesday morning.
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