The Dodgers are probably going to need some help in their starting rotation at some point this year. With everything going on with Trevor Bauer’s legal trouble, that just adds to the need. They were likely already looking at ways to supplement the arms they had even before there was an issue with Bauer.
One guy that Dave Roberts has talked about often is Josiah Gray. The Dodgers reportedly had him in their long-term plans for this year, likely meaning he would’ve gotten the call after the All-Star break.
But Gray has been down for a month with a shoulder issue that the Dodgers wanted to be careful with. On Sunday evening in Salt Lake City, Gray made his return to the mound for the Oklahoma City team.
Gray tossed 2 scoreless innings and punched out 1 batter. He retired all 6 batters he faced, including 4 groundouts and a pop-out as well. He threw 27 pitches in the outing for the OKC Dodgers and reportedly sat around 94 mph with his fastball.
The Dodgers are probably going to need Gray healthy and ready to go at some point this year. Dave Roberts did say as recently as this weekend that it’s not reasonable to expect him to help out the big league club anytime soon.
He will need to be built up much more and there are things the Dodgers would still like him to work on before rushing him back. But the need for a starter is growing with each day, and they have some decisions to make as soon as this week.