The Dodgers’ pitching staff faced another major uncertainty in October.
Ahead of Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals, right-hander Dustin May was placed on the 15-day injured list for lower back strains, a move that will prevent him from playing again in the regular season and his Post-season availability in question.
The team recalled right-hander Andre Jackson from Triple-A Oklahoma City to replace May’s spot on the 25-man roster.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation who was not authorized to speak publicly, May has a muscle strain in her back. Because he has at least 15 days on the injured list, he cannot return in the regular season (the Dodgers’ last game is Oct. 5).
However, the person said if the injury improves over the next few weeks, May could be active for the team’s National League Division Series, which begins Oct. 11.
Still, May’s injury adds to the uncertainty the Dodgers pitching team faces as the team tries to plan for the playoffs.
Despite having a 4.50 ERA in six starts since returning from Tommy John surgery last month, the hard-throwing 25-year-old was expected to play a key role in the team’s playoff-pitching plans would play, probably as a starter considering he’s still coming from reconstructive elbow surgery.
However, Saturday’s surprising news sees him on the injured list alongside Tony Gonsolin and Blake Treinen – a trio of important weapons whose status for the playoffs is all unclear.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-09-24/dustin-may-injured-list-dodgers-cardinals-recap-mlb Dustin May placed on injured list in latest Dodgers setback