The Dodgers will head out to Philadelphia this weekend to play 3 away from home. Coming off of a series loss against the Phillies last weekend, they’ll be looking to continue their streak after sweeping the Diamondbacks in 4 games in Los Angeles.
But it won’t be a typical weekend for the Dodgers. Julio Urias still gets the start on Friday night and it was supposed to be Tony Gonsolin going on Saturday. But Dave Roberts said on Wednesday that they would be giving him an extra day of rest.
So instead, the Dodgers will be going with a bullpen game against the Phillies. That’s something that fans in Los Angeles have not liked over the years, but its the position the team is in right now. With guys injured and a lot of games without rest, they don’t have a lot of options.
“Saturday will be a combo. There’ll be a handful of bullpen guys, but if you want to call it a bullpen, sure, because we just don’t have typical length anywhere.”
The good news is that the Dodgers do have some fresh arms. They activated both David Price and Mitch White this week from the COVID injured list, both of which can pitch multiple innings out of the bullpen for Roberts. White tossed an inning and a third on Tuesday and Price threw the same on Wednesday.
For the moment, the Dodgers are without both Clayton Kershaw and Andrew Heaney. Those starters are both working their way back, but there is no real timeline for him at the moment. But aside from White and Price, they don’t really have a multiple-inning reliever.