Dustin May will miss rest of season

The Dodgers placed Dustin May on the IL, meaning he’ll be out for the remainder of the regular season. Plus updates on Blake Treinen, Tony Gonsolin and Yency Almonte.

The biggest news out of Saturday was the Dodgers placing Dustin May on the IL with “low back tightness”. With the season less than two weeks away, the 15-day IL stint means that May’s regular season is over.

Following Saturday’s game, manager Dave Roberts spoke with the media and provided updates on the injury, saying it’s more of a back/oblique injury and it’s on his left side.

“He’s going to play catch in the coming days,” Roberts said to reporters. “If you’re looking at the buildup to get him back, the IL made sense. He should be back the week after the season. We’re expecting him to be back for the NLDS.”

If you want good news, it’s that Roberts sounds optimistic that May will be ready for the postseason. With the break during the Wild Card round, he should have about two-and-a-half weeks for the injury to heal. The downside is that this likely will put a limit on the number of innings he’s able to go, meaning his role could potentially change.

“If you talk about the role, that’s contingent on how long he’s going to be down,” Roberts said to reporters. “It’s fair to say it’s shortened, as far as the length he can give us. If he’s healthy, he’s still a weapon.”

If May can’t start, he’ll certainly be a solid addition to the Dodgers’ bullpen. Having a pitcher with the stuff May has coming in for relief could be a weapon if utilized properly.

Update on Blake Treinen

Blake Treinen was supposed to play catch on Saturday, but it looks like it got pushed back a day to Sunday. Roberts didn’t want to rule out a return before the regular season ends, but added having an extra week before the NLDS will help his recovery.

“I don’t think there’s a timeline as far as regular season games,”Roberts said to reporters. “If Blake is ready the week before the playoffs, he’ll be on our roster. To see him in the regular season, it’s a small chance. But I think there’s an opportunity.”

Sounds like the Dodgers are being extra cautious with Treinen, as they have the luxury to bring him back slowly.

Other updates

  • Tony Gonsolin is going to OKC and will pitch for them on Tuesday. The plan is for him to go two innings. If that goes well, he’ll be back with the Dodgers and will make a start before the season ends.
  • Yency Almonte will complete a full inning on Sunday with OKC. If that goes well, the plan is to activate him in San Diego this week.
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