CHICAGO (AP) – Dustin May had an MRI on Monday morning, and that was it.
His season was over.
May will undergo surgery on Tommy John next week, leaving the Los Angeles Dodgers without one of baseball’s best young pitchers for the remainder of their title defense.
“It’s a blow,” manager Dave Roberts said before the team’s opener against the Cubs was postponed due to bad weather in the forecast. “But we have a lot of talented players, and we just have to find a way to fill that void.”
May, 23, was placed on the 10-day injured list on Sunday, a day after the right-hander grinned in pain on the mound and was forced off a start in Milwaukee.
World Series champion Dodgers, already plagued by multiple injuries to their pitching team, said Dr. Neal El Attrache will perform May’s ligament reconstruction surgery on May 11 in Los Angeles.
“It’s obviously very disappointing,” said Roberts. “He manages it like a pro. You know, I want to know what’s next after surgery and tackle it that way.
May pitched just 27 shots before leaving Saturday’s 11-innings loss to Milwaukee. After her final presentation, May reacted with obvious discomfort, took a few steps and called for attention.
He was 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA in five starts this season. He has a career mark of 6-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 31 appearances, including 19 starts, since his debut in August 2019.
Last year, May pitched seven times in the playoffs, including two in the World Series against Tampa Bay. He made three short-stay starts in the early rounds of the NL playoffs.
“When you develop and now you get a year cut short, it impacts development,” Roberts said. “What Dustin did was he matured more as a ball player in the major leagues.”
May joins a host of Dodgers pitchers on the injured list which also includes Caleb Ferguson (left elbow surgery), Tony Gonsolin (right shoulder inflammation), Brusdar Graterol (right forearm tightness), Tommy Kahnle (Tommy John surgery), Joe Kelly (shoulder) inflammation), Corey Knebel (right lateral strain) and David Price (right hamstring strain).
Graterol, a tough reliever, will perform imaging on Tuesday, Roberts said.
The Dodgers still have one of the best rotations of the majors, with NL Cy Young Award winner Trevor Bauer, Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler and Julio Urías.
Roberts said the team plan to put Bauer to work every four days, which the pitcher has wanted to try in the past. Gonsolin is also under construction as a starter.
Kershaw and Bauer will pitch when Los Angeles makes up for the carryover with a split double sided against Chicago on Tuesday at Wrigley Field. Kyle Hendricks will face Kershaw in Game 1, and the Cubs have not announced their starter for Game 2.
In another move, the Dodgers also called for right-hander Phil Bickford for waivers from Milwaukee.
Bickford has made an appearance for Milwaukee this season, allowing two runs in one set in an 8-0 loss to Miami last week. He was nominated for an assignment on Wednesday.
Bickford, a native of Ventura, Calif., Was selected by San Francisco in the first round of the 2015 entry draft. He made his big league debut on September 1, allowing the Brewers four runs in one set against Detroit.
“I know he’s a kid from LA County,” Roberts said. “I know it’s a really good fast pitch. It’s a (change) in there. … I know he’s happy to be a Dodger.
Robert said Bickford is heading to the team’s alternate site in Arizona. Left-hander James Pazos is expected to join the Big League club.
The Dodgers have appointed left-hander Mike Kickham on the mission to make room for Bickford. In his only appearance so far this season, Kickham was charged with three runs in two innings Sunday in Milwaukee.
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