LOS ANGELES – A departure.
According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, right-hander Dustin May will make another start Sunday in a minor-league injury rehabilitation mission with Triple-A Oklahoma City, then join the Dodgers.
That puts May on track to return from Tommy John major league surgery on Friday or Saturday of next week (August 19-20) when the Dodgers host the Miami Marlins for a three-game series.
“It’s going to be a rush of emotions just because I’ve been out for so long,” May said recently of his return to the Dodger Stadium mound. “Even with Tommy John having a high success rate, there’s always that question mark. So just being able to tick that box and be able to say I did it is going to be exciting.
May ticked all the boxes during her rehab. He made his fourth start with OKC on Tuesday and went five full innings for the first time, throwing 68 pitches. In 14 innings at Triple-A this year, he has allowed three runs on 10 hits and five walks while striking out 23. Only two of those walks have come in his last 11 innings.
“Kind of for probably a month something clicked. It all kind of synced up and it kind of went really well,” May said. “I would say the order is right there with that I would say everything feels as good as it gets, I’m excited to start next month and hope to be with the team as soon as possible.
A week after leaving his start in San Francisco with another recurrence of his lower back issues, Clayton Kershaw picked up a baseball and lightly tossed it to Trayce Thompson a few times during practice before – Dodgers game on Wednesday.
Kershaw is actually expected to begin a more serious version of playing wrestling Friday as the first step in a throwing program the Dodgers hope to bring the three-time Cy Young Award winner back into their starting rotation as soon as possible.
“I think with Clayton, for me to watch him move is obviously a good thing. When he gets a little more jovial, I know he’s getting closer,” Roberts said.
“I don’t know when (for Kershaw to return to action). I don’t think he does. But just him moving around, picking up a ball, playing catch soon – like I said earlier, I expect it to be in the shorter term. So I think that’s how it goes.
Kershaw missed just over a month earlier this year with another flare-up of her back problem.
Right-hander Trevor Bauer’s legal wrangles added another layer.
The San Diego woman who accused Bauer of sexual assault in 2021 has filed a lawsuit in federal court accusing him of sexual assault. The complaint is a countersuit to the defamation lawsuit Bauer filed against the woman.
In February, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that it had decided not to prosecute Bauer after an investigation into the woman’s allegations.
And a year ago, a judge denied the woman’s request for a restraining order against Bauer, saying she had been “materially misleading” on the points of her request.
Last April, MLB suspended Bauer for 324 games for violating the league’s domestic violence policy – a suspension that will extend beyond the end of his contract with the Dodgers – after investigating incidents with several women. Bauer was reportedly interviewed at length by MLB investigators.
Bauer has appealed the suspension and an appeal hearing with an arbitrator is underway. It is not expected to be concluded until the end of the 2022 season (including the playoffs). Bauer received his full salary during his administrative leave last season, but is not paid during the suspension.
The Dodgers are out Thursday.
Dodgers (RHP Tony Gonsolin, 13-1, 2.30 ERA) at Royals (TBA), Friday, 5:10 p.m., SportsNet LA, 570 AM