Walker Buehler injury: Four ways the Dodgers can cope

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo prepares to play the Washington Nationals on June 4.

Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Luis Castillo prepares to play the Washington Nationals on June 4.

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Even before Buehler’s injury, the Dodgers seemed like a candidate to seek pitching help through this year’s Aug. 2 trading close.

Now they could be one of the most obvious teams in need of external reinforcements on the hill.

While Roberts said he likes his current group, he also conceded that “the loss of Walker widens the grid in terms of potential parts” the club could look to add over the next two months.

“Our boys [in] Baseball operations are always looking for ways to make our club better,” he added.

However, repeating the Impact move they made last year by trading in for three-time Cy Young award winner Max Scherzer may not be feasible this time.

There are a few big names the Dodgers have been associated with since the offseason, such as; 6, 3.40 ERA), both of which will be under team control through the end of next year.

But unlike last year, when the Dodgers found a way to spontaneously replace Trevor Bauer, there don’t appear to be many superstar pitchers in this summer’s trade market.

The Dodgers could still be looking for ways to strengthen the bullpen or add more depth to a pitching team that expects injured pitchers like Dustin May and Danny Duffy later this year.

But one big trade alone may not be enough to erase Buehler’s long-term loss.

“Guys have to step up and take on different roles or leverage or whatever,” Roberts said. “But we are prepared for that.”

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Emma Bowman

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