The Los Angeles Dodgers transferred Dustin May to the 60-day injured list as a corresponding move to make room on the 40-man roster for Travis Blankenhorn, who was claimed off waivers from the Minnesota Twins.
May, who was initially placed on the 10-day IL on May 2, figured to be transferred at some point this season since undergoing Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. “I haven’t talked to him yet. I think his phone has been blowing up, so I’ll let a couple days get by us and then I’ll reach out to him,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.
“From my understanding, the surgery couldn’t have gone any better. I’m excited for Dustin to get that behind him and now work towards healing and strengthening.”
May earned the fifth spot in the Opening Day rotation and went 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA and 0.96 WHIP in five outings. May showed improved command and pitch sequencing, and increased his strikeouts per nine innings increased to 13.7, which was a notable spike from last season’s 7.1 average.
The Dodgers have not set any sort of timetable for a return, but he figures to be out at least until May or June of next season. The team also did not disclose how damaged the UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) in May’s right elbow was.
“I just know it was pretty clear cut that a decision for surgery was obviously made, so that should be pretty telling,” Roberts said.
Dodgers sign Jones
In addition to claiming Blankenhorn, the Dodgers further added to their organizational depth by signing veteran relief pitcher Nate Jones to a Minor League contract. The right-hander was assigned to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Jones went 0-2 with a 3.48 ERA 1.74 WHIP in 12 games for the Atlanta Braves this season prior to being designated for assignment and released. He previously pitched for the Chicago White Sox (2012-2019) and spent last season with the Cincinnati Reds.
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