by Rowan Kavner
David Price may not pitch Friday after all.
Manager Dave Roberts said Price, who was expected to either start or pitch the bulk of the innings to start the series in San Francisco, “has been battling some arm stuff.” Price’s status to pitch at some point Friday is in question, and a brief injured list stint is a possibility. R
“It kind of came to a head more after his last start,” Roberts said. “Nothing that’s going to be a big deal, but it’s just kind of making sure that we don’t let it become such. Right now, if it is an IL, it’ll be a short-term deal.”
Price missed all of last season opting out of the pandemic-shortened season. This year, he missed most of May with a hamstring strain but has otherwise stayed healthy, fully recovered from the wrist surgery that cut the end of his 2019 season short.
The five-time All-Star accepted a role out of the bullpen to begin the year before injuries necessitated a return to the rotation July 9. While Price pitched in bulk in his last outing, allowing two runs in 3 2/3 innings Aug. 28, he had started each of his previous four appearances.
“You look at what David did last year and kind of what he’s done this year, it’s a lot as far as workload,” Roberts said. “To kind of give him a little reprieve and get him back, get some of that soreness out, he should be fine.”
Price has been one of the few available starters for a shorthanded Dodger rotation, which currently includes just Price, Max Scherzer, Walker Buehler and Julio Urías.
But reinforcements aren’t far away.
Clayton Kershaw threw two innings in a simulated game Friday in San Francisco facing Dodger hitters. He’s expected to throw a bullpen session on Sunday and then a three-inning rehab outing either Tuesday or Wednesday. If that goes well, his next outing after that could be with the Dodgers. Kershaw has been out with a sore elbow since July 3.
Tony Gonsolin, who has been out since the end of July with shoulder inflammation, will pitch four innings in a rehab assignment before a potential return to the big league club.
There was a sigh of a relief earlier this week for manager Dave Roberts when Mookie Betts scored from first base pain free. For Betts, it was like checking off the final box in his return from his hip issue.
Running long distances had caused Betts his harshest problems with the bone spur that forced him to the injured list twice the second half of the season. Considering how he felt just weeks ago, to sprint around the bases without issue was a notable feat.
“We all saw it was tough for me to make it just to third, in general,” Betts said. “Now I was able to score from first and stay in the game. My mental is clear, my mind is clear, and I just can go play.”
Betts said he has to do some more stretching and be more intentional making sure his body is loose now, but other than that he hasn’t had to change much in terms of maintenance since returning from the injured list Aug, 26.
Two of his three hits since returning have left the yard. While Betts hasn’t loved his at-bats since his return, Roberts is pleasantly surprised to see where the outfielder looks physically.
“I think where he was at, I don’t think anyone, including Mookie, knew where he would be,” Roberts said. “After the treatments and the shot that he got to combat the pain, to see where we’re at, prayers were answered.”
· Max Scherzer, who dealt with a tight hamstring his last time out, is feeling better and expected to make his next start. “We got ahead of it,” Roberts said.
· Mookie Betts will likely continue to bat third, where he has been since the Dodgers’ addition of Trea Turner.
Injury Updates: Price dealing with arm issue; Kershaw nears rehab outing was originally published in Dodger Insider on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.