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Dodgers: Ryan Pepiot Could be Filling Kershaw’s Spot in Rotation

After Kershaw’s sudden and expected leave during Thursday’s start, the Dodgers decided to add him to the 15 day IL yesterday. As a result, Ryan Pepiot is expected to fill his spot in the pitching rotation until further notice.

Since this is Kershaw’s second visit to the injured list this season due to back pain, the Dodgers want to remain extra cautious in order to bring him back before the postseason. The hope is obviously that he will be able to make it back in time. 

Ryan Pepiot was drafted in 2019 and just recently made his major league debut in May. Between his time in the major and minor leagues, the righty is a bit unpredictable. This season, the Dodgers’ prospect has appeared in 4 games and has posted an overall 2.76 ERA across 16 innings pitched. In his four starts, he collected one win and 19 K’s but also allowed 10 hits, one homer, and 12 walks. 

This season in Triple-A, he’s posted an impressive 2.27 ERA with 8 wins under his belt. He’s served 93 strikeouts in his 75 innings pitched and has only 47 hits, 19 runs scored, and 9 homers. However, he’s hit 10 and has walked 32 total batters for the OKC Dodgers. 

The decision to bring Pepiot back up to the major leagues might be a good idea for the Dodgers as Kershaw recovers. Giving the 24-year-old a bit more major league experience is always good especially if Roberts plans to use him in the near future alongside other top Dodgers prospect Bobby Miller.

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