This was supposed to be the much awaited pitchers duel between the Dodgers’ Dustin May, and the MLB ERA leader, Twins’ Sonny Gray. Dustin finished just one inning before an elbow injury cut his day short. The worry was that: a) the actual pain, and b) his velocity was significantly down:
- Sinker on Wednesday – 94.7 – Average for 2023 – 96.7
- Cutter on Wednesday – 90.9 – Average for 2023 – 93.1
- Curve on Wednesday – 85.6 – Average for 2023 – 86.3
- 4-Seamer on Wednesday – 95.4 – Average for 2023 – 97.4
Dave Roberts reported after the game that Dustin had a flexor pronator strain. The degree of the injury was not known by Doc, but Dustin will definitely go on the IL. A drop in velo as indicated above, cannot be good. The doctors are going to need to review the images to learn of the severity. Early reports indicate that his UCL is not damaged at all. The estimated recovery time for his particular injury is at least 6 weeks.
Clayton Kershaw had already said that he will be pitching in St. Louis on Sunday. So Gavin was not going to be called up for CK. But he will be called up to take the place of Dustin May, with a scheduled start in Atlanta on Monday. He will likely face 2nd year RHP Spencer Strider. Stone pitched well in his last 2 outings. On Tuesday, Gavin got his strike out pitch working again with 10. It would appear Gavin is back on track.
In the meantime, the Dodgers still had a game to play. After the starters only went 4.0 IP in the first two games, and with the first game going 12 innings, the bullpen needed a break. Justin Bruihl pitched in three consecutive games: 4.0 IP and 64 pitches. He was pitching well in those three games until the Kyle Farmer 2-run jack in his final inning on Tuesday. He was optioned so that AF/BG could bring up another arm. Justin will be back. Enter – Dylan Covey.
Dylan Covey is a 31 year old RHP who last pitched in MLB in 2020 with Boston. For the last 2 years, Covey was pitching in the Chinese Professional Baseball League, Rakuten Monkeys. At OKC, Covey has been used almost exclusively as a starting pitcher. In 7 games, 6 starts, Covey has compiled a 4.22 ERA. In the PCL that is a good ERA. It is good for 4th in the PCL, right behind Gavin Stone.
Covey, a life-long Dodger fan, was born and raised in Glendale, CA, and attended Maranatha High School, in Pasadena, CA. He pitched well enough to get drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) in the 2010 draft by Milwaukee. That year he lost 35 pounds and could not regain it. He was all prepared to sign with Milwaukee, but after the post draft physical, Covey learned that he had Type 1 Diabetes and decided not to sign with the Brewers so he could get acclimated to his condition. He was reportedly about a week away from slipping into a coma.
Covey’s party was quoted as saying, “They [Milwaukee] knew they would have to do some special things for Dylan.” He ended up turning down a $1.6 million signing bonus offer from Milwaukee.”
Having turned down Milwaukee, Covey enrolled at the University of San Diego. At USD, Covey was close to his doctors and parents as he worked to manage his condition. He had an undistinguished college career for the Toreros, but was once again drafted in the 4th round by Oakland in 2012. He did not make his MLB debut until April 14, 2017, with the White Sox against…Minnesota. He pitched 5.1 innings, 5 hits, 1 run (earned), 3 BB, 1 K. He did not figure in the decision.
Covey is 0-7 in his MLB career. He did not get the win in Wednesday’s game, but he did pitch well for his first 4.0 innings. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits, 1 being a Byron Buxton HR (9) in the 4th. He seemed to hit a wall in his 5th inning. He gave up a solo HR to Joey Gallo (10). He then gave up back to back singles to Alex Kirilloff and Carlos Correa before walking Byron Buxton on 4 pitches.
Covey left the game with the bases jammed with nobody out. A tough spot for Victor González to come in to. In perhaps the clutch inning in the game, all VGon did was to get Jorge Polanco to pop out to Freddie, strike out Donovan Solano, and get Kyle Farmer to fly out to Trayce Thompson. For the strikeout, VGon got Solano to swing at three pitches out of the zone.
The Dodger bats were once again being stifled, and with RISP. The Dodgers loaded the bases in the first without the benefit of a hit The Dodgers could not get to Sonny Gray, and all three runners were stranded. In the third, the Dodgers drew 1st blood. Mookie led off with a triple and scored on a Freddie Freeman sac fly. Will Smith singled and Max Muncy walked putting LAD in scoring position again. Right where Sonny Gray wanted him. They were both left stranded.
After Minnesota tied the score, in the bottom of the 4th, James Outman broke of his 0-12 hitless string with an infield single. He stole 2nd , and 2 more LAD bats left a RISP before Mookie singled Outman home.
After Minnesota tied the score in the 6th, Caleb Ferguson was summoned to relieve González. He gave up an infield single to Willi Castro on a ball hit between 1B and the mound. With both Freddie and Caleb going for the ball, Caleb got to the ball, and with nobody defending 1B, it became a foot race. Ferguson is going to lose every foot race to Castro, and he did this time as well. Christian Vazquez took an inside edge fastball and hit it into RF for a single. Another in a long line of soft singles by Minnesota in the three games. After striking out Gallo, Castro was bouncing off 2B, threatening to run. Ferguson had Castro picked, but made a horrible throw to Max Muncy at 3B that allowed Castro to score and Vazquez to move up to 3B.
Ferguson got Kirilloff on a 10 pitch strikeout. With Vazquez still at 3B, and Carlos Correa coming to the plate, Doc called on Brusdar Graterol to get Correa. On a 7-pitch AB, Correa hit into a 6-3 ground out to end the inning. But Minnesota now had a 3-2 lead.
Former Dodger RHP prospect, José De León, struck out Mookie and Freddie. With 2 out, the Dodgers were ready. Will Smith and Max Muncy both singled. Emilio Pagan relieved De León and walked Jason Heyward to load the bases for Miguel Vargas. Vargas drew a run scoring BB. With score now knotted at 3-3. After back to back walks, Outman attacked the first pitch, a 95.5 MPH 4-seamer out over the plate in the lower zone, and hit it over the CF wall (407’) for his 2nd grand slam of 2023.
JAMES OUTMAN IS A BAAAAD MAN. pic.twitter.com/45hbKxqwvr
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) May 17, 2023
Outman’s confidence has to be soaring again. When he was going well, he had that short compact swing that he seemed to get away from. For his grand slam, he went back to that short compact swing. For his infield single, he indicated after the game that he has been consistently swinging underneath the pitches and he changed his approach to try and pound the ball into the ground. He did, and he beat it out for a single.
Graterol came back out in the 8th and retired the side in order. Evan Phillips entered in a non-save situation, but still a must-win. Kyle Farmer reached on a CT3 E6. Undaunted, Phillips got Castro to fly out to Trayce in LF, and struck out Christian Vazquez and Ryan Jeffers to complete the victory and the 6th consecutive series win.
The Dodgers are now 15-3 in their last 18 games. They faced the AL Central’s 1st place team (Minnesota), while Arizona was facing Oakland with MLB’s worst record, and San Diego was facing the Kansas City with the 2nd worst record in MLB. Both the Dodgers and Arizona won 2 of 3, while San Diego only won 1 of 3. Arizona remains in 2nd place, 3 games behind LAD. San Diego dropped behind San Francisco into 4th place in the NL West, 8.0 games behind LAD.
The Dodgers are in the middle of arguably the toughest part of the schedule.
- 3 at San Diego
- 3 at Milwaukee (1st place NL Central)
- 3 at home vs San Diego
- 3 at home vs Minnesota (1st place AL Central)
- 4 at St. Louis (are 7-3 in last 10 games)
- 3 at Atlanta (1st NL East)
- Open date
- 3 at Tampa Bay (1st AL East)
They get somewhat of a break with 3 at home against Washington, before they get 3 against NYY at home. They play a Sunday game in Tampa Bay starting at 8:35 AM, and fly home to face Washington Monday night at 6:10.
I would not expect Dylan Covey to assume a regular starting role, but should be the long man in relief, and the #6 starter. I do expect Gavin Stone to get an opportunity to cement himself into the rotation. Neither Ryan Pepiot nor Michael Grove are near a rehab assignment.
- OPS – #2 with LAD – .903
- SLG – #2 with LAD – ..549
- HR – Tied with Mookie for #2 with LAD – 9
- RBI – #2 with LAD – 27
- Hits – #3 with LAD – 38
- SB – #2 with LAD – 5
Outman needs to play. He will go in slumps (like all MLB players), but he needs to fight his way out of them. His short compact swing should help.
Another name has resurfaced for monitoring. Bobby Miller pitched his best game in AAA against Sugar Land Space Cowboys (Houston). In 6.0 IP, Bobby allowed 2 hits on 76 pitches. He issued only 1 walk, and chalked up 6 Ks. Unfortunately, one of those hits was a triple, who then scored on a ground out.
Now Miller has to back that one up with a solid next start.
On to St. Louis.
MiLB Summary Report
OKC Dodgers 5 – Sugar Land Space Cowboys (Houston) 1
Guess who showed up? Bobby Miller pitched his best AAA game in his MiLB career. In 6.0 innings he allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and compiled 6 Ks. One of the two hits was a triple, who then scored on a ground out for a short-lived Sugar Land lead.
OKC took the lead in the 5th. 4 consecutive walks and a DP scored two runs. That would be all that OKC needed for this one where the OKC pitching was brilliant. Luke Williams homered (5) in the 6th.
In the 8th, Luke Williams led off with a single. After a strikeout, Jonny DeLuca got his first AAA hit, his first AAA XBH, and his first AAA RBI, scoring Williams. DeLuca would later score on an error.
Alex Vesia, Tayler Scott, and Nick Robertson each pitched a scoreless inning. Scott and Robertson did not allow a runner, while Vesia was still not clean giving up a single and BB.
- Bobby Miller – 6.0 IP, 2 Hits, 1 Run, 1 BB, 6 K
- Luke Williams – 2-4, 2 runs, 1 RBI, HR (5)
- Doubles by Yonny Hernandez (5) and Jonny DeLuca (1)
- 3 defensive double plays
Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston) 1 – Tulsa Drillers 0
José Ramos reached base 3 times with a single and 2 BB. His single was the only hit for Tulsa. The positive aspect of the game was the Drillers pitching. Emmet Sheehan was brilliant for 5.0 scoreless IP, 2-hit pitching. He did not allow a walk and struck out 10 Hooks batters. With Dylan Covey in LA and Gavin Stone probably on his way, a spot is open for a Sheehan promotion to OKC.
In the 6th, Jose Altuve reached on an error. John Rooney relieved Sheehan and promptly picked off Altuve. Then gave up a single and run-scoring double. After the double, the running was thrown out attempting to steal, and he retired the next 4 batters.
Trevor Bettencourt relieved Rooney and pitched a scoreless 8th.
- Emmet Sheehan – 5.0 IP, 2 Hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, 10 strikeouts
Great Lakes Loons 4 – West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit) 2
Maddux Bruns started his 2nd Great Lakes game. It did go better than his first. But his weakness reappeared again in this game. He only allowed 1 run on 1 hit, but it was the 5 walks and HBP that created his problems.
In the 2nd inning, a run scored on 2 walks, a HBP, and a force out.
The Loons pushed across 4 runs in the 6th for their only scoring, and the only scoring that they would need.
Taylor Young led off the inning with a double (5). A HBP (Alex Freeland) and two walks (Griffin Lockwood-Powell and Damon Keith) forced in a run. A walk to Ismael Alcantara forced in a 2nd run. Jake Vogel would later single to plate Lockwood-Powell and Keith. The Loons scored 4 runs on two hits.
Orlando Ortiz-Mayr pitched the final 4.0 innings, and allowed 1 run in the 9th, for the win.
- Damon Keith – 2-3, 1 BB, 1 run, 1 RBI, double (5)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes 9 – Visalia Rawhide (Arizona) 2
Jose Izarra led off the 1st inning with a single, that was followed by a Rayne Doncon HBP. Chris Newell doubled home Izarra and Doncon moved to 3rd. Doncon scored the 2nd run on a passed ball.
In the 4th, the Quakes scored 5 thanks to a couple of errors by the second baseman. Jorge Puerta was HBP and Juan Alonso followed with a single. Kenneth Bettencourt drew a BB to load the bases. Cameron Decker reached on the first E-4 and Puerta scored. Izarra drew a walk to force in the 2nd run. Rayne Doncon singled to plate Bettencourt and Decker. Chris Newell reached on the 2nd E-4 to score Izarra for the 5th run of the inning.
RC scored single runs in 5th and 7th to finish the Quakes scoring.
Jared Karros started his 2nd consecutive game. He allowed a run in the 1st on a lead off single, a WP, a fly out to move the runner to 3rd, and another WP. Karros was pitching in traffic each inning, but he allowed only the one run.
Joel Ibarra and Lucas Wepf combined on 4.1 scoreless innings. Madison Jeffrey pitched the final inning and did not allow a hit. But he did walk 3 and hit a batter for a run.
Jose Izarra had two hits and reached base four times, as he was the only player with a multi-hit game, as eight of nine Quakes recorded hits on the night.
The Quakes (24-11) now lead the second-place Storm (20-15) by four games in the South Standings.
On Thursday, Rancho will send Chris Campos (5-0) to the hill, as he makes his first start of the year.
The Rancho Cucamonga Quakes bounced back nicely from a tough loss on Tuesday, hammering the Visalia Rawhide on Wednesday night.
2 for 10 WRISP. Fortunately they were 0fer.
Yes, Outman is our starting centerfielder. Leave him there.
Thompson at .117. 73 plate appearances. They can afford to keep him around if they want to. Pages can’t be any worse, though they might choose to leave him where he can get 4 PAs a night.
Miller does need to do it again.
Bummer about May. Can’t say I’m surprised. Buehler and May. What do they have in common? What, if anything, can be learned here?
We keep winning. This team has grit.
Pages is now on the AAA 7-day IL.
There is a report prepared by Baseball Prospectus indicating that there could be a correlation between the increased number of arm injuries and the pitch clock. They have a “study” that shows the number has fairly significantly increased at this point in the season over the past several years at the same date (i think May 4 is the date used). Right now it is just a trend analysis with no probative support. I am sure at some point some kinesiologist is going to do a study on what happens with max effort and perhaps not enough time for recovery, for pitchers trained to slow down and gather between pitches. It obviously does not impact every pitcher the same, and this would have nothing to do with Walker Buehler.
I like the clock so if change is made I would prefer additional timeouts.
Give them 5 more seconds and remove a couple ads here and there between innings.
Report this morning says May will be out 4-6 weeks. That is not bad news. Freeman’s next homer will be # 300. Only four players have hit that milestone in Dodger blue and only two hit all of those as Dodgers, Duke Snider and Gil Hodges. The other two who hit # 300 as Dodgers, Gary Sheffield and Adrian Gonzalez. Eric Karros is the LA Dodger all time homer leader with 270. 91 less than Hodges and 119 less than Snider.
It is not catastrophic news. He could be back right around July 1. Depending on where the team is, they may want to hold him back until the All Star break. As Badger indicated above, the doctors are going to need to determine (to the best of their ability) what caused the strain. If it can be remedied, what alterations to his mechanics may be needed? May is in the 97th percentile of curve spin. Is there any kind of correlation?
I think it’s a fair questions his spin rate is bonkers, is that healthy? I kinda doubt it, but I’m far from any knowledge base about physical mechanics.
This is MLB development. Some arms break down, others don’t. Lots of research out there though.
That is merely a guess. Nobody knows how his arm will responds to the injection.
“Report this morning says May will be out 4-6 weeks. That is not bad news.”
Well it ain’t good news.
How do you get this guy to back off his fastball? It looks to me he only knows one approach and that is all out. The information I’ve read about TJ surgery is – exercise caution. A second TJ …. let’s just hope it’s simply inflammation
4 to 6 weeks is the best case scenario. I don’t think we will see him until after the All-Star break at the earliest.
So Tulsa seems to have 5 really good starters. Jeff, do you think Sheehan is the best of that group whereby he’d be the one to replace Gavin Stone in AAA?
A couple of weeks ago, I would have said Nick Frasso. But he is MIA with no word. He is still listed as Active. But now, I would definitely say that Sheehan is the most likely to move to AAA. But it could be Landon Knack because of his age and turnaround this season. River Ryan and Kyle Hurt still need AA seasoning. I think Hurt ends up a late inning high leverage reliever, but they are still going to work him as a starter, topping out at 3-4 innings.
That fastball . . .
Glaser on Sheehan:
John B. (So Cal): You mentioned in an earlier mailbag the Dodgers saw River Ryan and Sheehan as more relief types, can you explain the reasoning for that? Both have looked pretty good as starters.
Kyle Glaser: Sure. River Ryan has a long, long way to go to build his innings and durability (he still hasn’t completed five innings this season) and Emmett Sheehan is so extremely fastball heavy that he’s going to have trouble getting though major league lineups multiple times. Both are very talented pitchers, but even the Dodgers fully acknowledge both are likely to end up in relief. Now, if Ryan starts showing he can hold his stuff for 6-7 innings (or even 5) and Sheehan’s secondaries take a significant jump, that will change and enhance their chances of remaining starters.
Thanks, Kyle Glaser is a go to baseball guy for me. What he said about Sheehan is what I said about Sheehan and Knack below. With limited pitches in their arsenals, it is difficult to go thru the lineup more than 2 times.
Good article, Jeff.
A nice story for Dylan Covey to step up for Dustin May to help Dodgers get a win just 15 minutes from his high school. Covey has had a long journey to Dodger Stadium since being a first round draft pick out of high school.
The flip side is the concerning news for Dustin May. He has worked hard to get back healthy, and was throwing the ball great this year. Hopefully he is back and recovered in 6-8 weeks.
The Dodgers have had to overcome some significant setbacks this season already, losing Buehler, May, Gonsolin, Syndergard, Pepiot, Grove, Hudson and Treinen from the pitching staff for chunks of time. And losing Lux for the season and Smith for some games has hurt the lineup. The team has shown great competitiveness this year and found ways to win tight games. Their offense leads the NL and is 4th in MLB in runs scored despite being 25th in batting average. Dodgers lead the MLB in walks, and are 3rd in MLB in HR behind the Rays and Braves. While I like to play small ball at times, the top three teams in the MLB this year also lead the MLB in HR.
The upcoming 10 game road trip will be quite challenging considering the opponents and the overworked pitching staff. A 5-5 road trip would be a success in my mind.
I would be OK with a 5-5 road trip against the Cards, Braves, and Rays.
Here are a couple of videos on Bobby Miller:
Man, that breaking stuff makes guys look silly.
I’ve always worried about May getting hurt whether it be a comebacker or arm. That is why I included him in one of my weekly trade scenarios. It would have been a hit to the Dodger rotation but if it helped get Witt Jr. I would have been happy.
I hope Outman uses that swing more often going forward. It wasn’t his first homer with that swing.
I look forward to seeing Stone and Miller in the rotation.
That was the exact same swing as his grand slam in Chicago. You do not have to be long in the swing. A quick compact swing with bat speed will produce great results.
I’m curious about the 40 man. If May is only out for 4 weeks, it won’t make sense to put him on the 60 day IL. Thus, there’s no 40 man spot for Bobby Miller.
He will go on the 15 day. They can keep him there pretty much indefinitely. But, Miller is not getting promoted anytime soon. Someone on the 40 man is going to have to get the call. One good game is not enough to merit a spot.
There is actually one spot. Dylan Covey has been DFA’d.
Justin Bruihl and Andre Jackson have been recalled. Once a player has been optioned, they need to spend 10 days in MiLB before they can return. The one exception is to replace an injured player. Bruihl is taking the roster spot of injured Dustin May, and Jackson is taking the place of Covey.
News from Internet:
Dodgers up to #2 in ESPN’s rankings.
Kyle Glaser chat:
Wavy (The ocean): 3 prospects off to slow starts at the plate: Lawlar, Cartaya, Merrill. Who are you most and least concerned about? Does anything change or is it all still April noise at this point?
Kyle Glaser: Ignore Midwest League stats completely until May 15. Just ignore them. No judgement should be rendered on Merrill whatsoever at this point. If he’s struggling in July or August after it has warmed up, then be concerned. Right now, the concern level on him is zero – just as it is for any MWL prospect who is struggling. Lawlar hitting under .200 in Amarillo is concerning, but he’s hitting the ball hard and getting on-base at a decent clip, so it’s not a full panic-button situation yet. Cartaya is the one to be most concerned about. His swing keeps getting longer and his defense keeps getting worse. He’s going in the wrong direction. Some of the concerning trends cropped up last year and they’ve gotten worse, not better, this year.
Tom (Oakland): If you could pick one pitcher from the Tulsa rotation to be an impact SP at the MLB level who are you choosing and why?
Kyle Glaser: Man, that’s a tough call. Nick Frasso has the best arm of the group, but it’s a very effortful delivery and he tops out at five innings (with a lot of 4 and 4+ inning starts) so it’s hard to pull the trigger on him as a big league starter. Landon Knack has always been the most starter-ish of the group in terms of pitch mix, command and feel, but I wouldn’t call him an “impact” SP in the majors. This is a tough call and I’m not sure I have a definitive answer for you. They’re all really good.
Jay Jaffe Chat:
Brain Bruise 🙁: If you are the Dodgers, how do you help protect Will Smith for both the rest of this year and his career? Being behind the plate is a brutal job
Jay Jaffe: At some point, Smith is probably going to need to transition some of his workload to DH or left field or something like that (1B and RF not being options given the long-term presences of Freddie and Mookie). There’s always risk in playing a guy behind the plate but I think the Dodgers did a good job of treating his recent situation with caution; he passed a concussion test but went on the IL based on his symptoms.
Mike M: Nice piece about the Fresh Prince of L.A. I hope he makes the All-star team this year. Tony Gonsolin returned about the same time, and that has also been huge. But sheesh they have 8 players with WRC+ over 100, so their hitting is fine. If Syndergaard can improve, then they should have a stranglehold on the NL West. You (like many others including myself) had SD winning the NL west this year. Have you changed your mind?
Jay Jaffe: Good point about Gonsolin, but on the other I don’t see much reason for faith in Syndergaard. As for the division title, ask me after I look into the Padres for a piece later this week.
Brett: Can anyone explain Max Muncy’s extreme streaks? He bats .100 for two weeks, then torches the ball another two, and so on
Jay Jaffe: A lot of it in the past two years has had to do with his elbow and his mechanics. He’s gone back to something he was doing to get out of a slump in the second half of last year, which I wrote about here
Baseball America’s Mock draft ($$$$)
Has the Dodgers taking Cameron Johnson LHP.
There is little projection left here, but the present arm talent is special. The continued development of a third pitch will be key for Johnson, but I have faith that he will be able to do so.
The second pick is: Jackson Baumeister, RHP, Florida State
The Dodgers get another ball of clay here they can mold into a formidable pitching prospect.
OLD friend alert. Gus Varland has been DFA’d. If Oakland, who took him originally, doesn’t go in, then he returns to the LAD.
Baseball Americas ($$$$) Hot Sheet has:
Emmet Sheehan, RHP, Dodgers: Is Sheehan the most underrated pitcher in the Dodgers loaded system? It’s possible. Despite reliever questions, Sheehan continues to impress in one of the more fearsome pitching environments in the minor leagues.
Jay Jaffe looks at Will Smith’s return and impact thereof:
Smith is still in small-sample territory in some respects this season, but his numbers are eye-opening and worth a closer look; the ones I’m pointing out are generally from samples large enough to have begun to stabilize. To these eyes, the one that most stands out is that he’s striking out in just 7% of his plate appearances….
The Grey Lady itself looks at Mookie at SS ($$$$)
Why Is an M.V.P. Outfielder Playing Shortstop? Because He Can.
Mookie Betts, a star right fielder, has been pressed into service at a position he hadn’t played in nearly a decade. So far, so good.
Baseball America ($$$$) reviews the Dodgers International Signings:
Top Of The Class
The Dodgers spent half of their bonus pool to sign Dominican shortstop Joendry Vargas for $2,077,500. Vargas has grown to a lean 6-foot-3, 180 pounds at 17. Some scouts liked Vargas for the power potential he has from his long, highly projectable frame…
The Dodgers may have found a hidden gem in 17-year-old Venezuelan righthander Samuel Sanchez. Signed for $17,500, Sanchez isn’t that big (5-foot-11, 160 pounds), but he has long shown an impressive ability to pound the strike zone
Everyone knows about the huge group of starters that AF has accumulated over the past few years.
The one guy who kind of dropped off the face of the earth last year was Landon Knack. Well…………………….Knack is Back.
Here’s what Brandon Gomes had to say about him in an article that Jim Bowden had in The Athletic today (prospects you probably don’t know but should).
“I feel strongly that Landon Knack is being underappreciated right now. He had some real momentum in years past and had a hiccup in the second half of last year. He really dialed-in his routine and nutrition this offseason. (He spent the whole offseason at Camelback Ranch with our group.) Now that his delivery is in a good place again, he’s carrying velo throughout the game and has above-average feel for multiple pitches to flood the zone to create weak contact while maintaining the ability to get swing-and-miss when needed. I think he has as high of a major-league starting pitcher probability as anyone in our organization.”
Landon Knack is the forgotten RHP. He turned everything around this past off-season, and it has paid off. Knack is really a 2-pitch pitcher with command of the strike zone. Seems like a pitcher with huge reliever risk. If he can further develop his change, he could be a viable back of the rotation starter. But with his ability to pound the strike zone, and with command, he seems a logical choice for high leverage relief work.
BTW, the talk of the organization, Emmet Sheehan, is also basically a 2-pitch pitcher, but his two pitches fastball (65) and change (60) are plus pitches. His slider and curve have not developed which is why he too has huge relief risk.
But so did Michael Grove and Ryan Pepiot have relief risk, and they can still start for LAD. With 2 pitches it is hard to go through the lineup more than 2 times.
Sheehan has the strikeout pitch going. He is on the same trajectory as Gavin Stone with the same strikeout capabilities. His K/BB rate is 4.66. His K/9 is 15.35, and his BB/9 is 3.44. Sheehan’s strikeout and walk metrics are an improvement over Stone’s 2022 metrics, which were outstanding, and why he is now on the 40 man and pitched a MLB game.
OTOH, Knack does not have big K numbers, but he does not walk anyone. His K/9 is 9.31 and BB/9 is 1.86. K/BB is 5.00. IMO both Sheehan and Knack should be in AAA right now.
Bruihl and AJax are back.
May to the IL.
Yesterday’s semi-hero, Dylan Covey has been dfa’d.
If he’d actually pitched poorly, I’m assuming he would have been dfa’d on his way from the mound to the dugout yesterday. He pitched so well, they let him be a Dodger for an additional 24 hours. I wonder if he got a flight to St Louis as part of the deal?
Let’s see if anyone picks Covey up.
With a 40 man spot now available, do the Dodgers take back Gus Varland? I think he stays in Milwaukee. The Dodgers have a slew of better prospects than Gus Varland. Flip side, they have a 40 man spot open, and can always DFA him later. Maybe Milwaukee will take Varland for Adames.
I looked up that Mark website you talked about lol
Why would anyone defend a bigot?
Is the current rule for recalling a player limited to 5 or 6 times, after which they need to stay on the MLB club? And does replacing an injured player count towards the limit?
Here is the option rule per MLB Glossary:
(Players may only be optioned five times per season; after that, it requires outright assignment waivers to assign the player to the Minor Leagues.)
A pitcher who is called up for a DH and then sent right back does not count towards the five. I believe that is also true if a player comes up for bereavement (but not positive about that one).
If a player is injured while on the 26 man roster, he goes onto the IL and cannot be optioned while on the IL. The player stays on the MLB IL and his service clock keeps ticking. That just happened. I cannot remember who, but the player was optioned, but he sustained an injury while on the 26 man roster. He was then transferred to the MLB IL list and is accruing service time.
Thanks for the information.
Dustin May’s injury is being officially called a right forearm strain. Per the LAD transaction page:
Los Angeles Dodgers placed RHP Dustin May on the 15-day injured list. Right forearm strain.
I have no idea the differentiation between a flexor pronator strain and a right forearm strain. May is getting a PRP injection.
Here is an article on Walker Buehler that sounds ominously similar to Dustin May. I believe that Buehler also received a PRP injection in June, but he had his 2nd TJ surgery 2 months later, when everyone reported he would not need the surgery.
Here is a tweet on Clayton Kershaw and his PRP injection for his strain. He did come away with a clean bill of health on his elbow, but it took longer than 4-6 weeks for CK to be able to throw.
Bottom Line – We will need to wait to see how this plays out. But it sure would be difficult to believe that May can be back by the All Star break.
In case you missed it:
Per Eric Stephen:
Recent time missed with flexor pronator strains, from @baseballpro
Luke Weaver 65 g
Hunter Harvey 80 g
Art Warren 45 g
Jake Odorizzi 34 g
Nate Jones 90 g
Steven Matz 13 g
Right on the edge for the 60 Day list. Makes the 40 tough.
Did those guys all have TJ surgery then have pronator strains?
That’s what I thought.
Thanks, and yes I did read it. One thing that does seem clear is that no flexor pronator strain is the same. We have no idea how Dustin’s strain compares to any of those identified. 4 weeks? 6 weeks? 8 weeks? We have no idea. I just seem to recall all of the same IL projections for Walker Buehler. He was not in any danger of having season ending surgery, at least at first. We all know how that ended.
Interesting to note that Walker Buehler’s original injury was listed as forearm strain and later changed to flexor pronator strain. In Dustin’s case, he was originally diagnosed with flexor pronator strain that is now reported as forearm strain. What does that mean? I am not a doctor so it really is incomprehensible to me.
This one got out of hand early.
Julio getting bombed. ERA up to 4.39. IL.
And yet another bullpen game. Any of those terrific pitchers I see being mentioned often in here ready for a few innings?
Only good part of tonight’s game was Freddie going yard for #300. Congrats to # 5 Urias stunk. He is no ace. Rest of the relief corps were just corpses out there. 7 homers? Really>???