The Dodgers have been without the services of ace Walker Buehler for a fair chunk of the season. Between being slow played in and out of summer camp to blister issues, 2020 hasn’t been ideal for the Kentucky native. But thankfully, he still has time to recover his almost lost season soon.
On Saturday, ahead of Clayton Kershaw’s gem in Colorado, Dave Roberts let us know what comes next for the flamethrowing right-hander.
I think the plan is for him to pitch on Thursday against the A’s.
Roberts continued, saying that Buehler had tossed a simulated game on Saturday where he “got up to 90 pitches” with no issues. As he battled the blister, Doc said that he threw with the affected finger covered for part of the outing.
#Dodgers Walker Buehler said he "felt good physically," the blister is "just something we're going to have to deal with" and the media will make more of it than it deserves.
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) September 9, 2020
Before Walker was added to the injured list, he admitted that he expects that he’ll have to learn to pitch through the discomfort. Notably, he touched 100mph on his previous big league outing against the Diamondbacks.
As Buehler — barring setbacks — is geared up for one final regular season start before being thrust into playoff action, Doc mentioned that he expects no restrictions on the hurler against Oakland. Moreover, both Roberts and Clayton Kershaw said that there are no concerns on who starts when in postseason amongst the co-aces.