Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reports on Thursday that Gavin Stone “makes the most sense” to take the rotation spot occupied by Dustin May.
#Dodgers Dave Roberts said Gavin Stone “makes the most sense” to take Dustin May’s spot in the rotation for now. Michael Grove is here on taxi squad in case something else happens (ie Syndergaard blister issues).
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) May 18, 2023
May is headed to the injured list with a flexor pronator strain and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks.
In Wednesday’s game May allowed one hit and recorded two strikeouts in an inning of work before leaving the game.
“It’s tough for Dustin, what he’s had to go through,” Roberts said, via ESPN. “He was throwing the baseball well this year and feeling good. Right now to have this speed bump, I know he’s disappointed.”
May was enjoying success early in the season going 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA while opponents were hitting just .173 against him.
The Dodgers welcomed May back to the team at the end of last season after he was out due to reconstructive elbow surgery.
Stone made his major league debut for the Dodgers on May 3 allowing five runs, four earned, in four innings of work in what would turn out to be a 10-6 victory over the Phillies. At Triple-A Oklahoma City the 24-year-old was 2-2 with a 4.04 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, and a 41/19 K/BB ratio.