The Los Angeles Dodgers placed Walker Buehler on a 10-day injured list due to a blister on his right hand and recalled Mitch White for a second time this season. Buehler was scheduled to pitch the second game of Thursday’s doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants.
Buehler’s IL stint is retroactive to Aug. 23. He’s the third Dodgers starting pitcher to be sidelined by injury this season. Clayton Kershaw has since returned, and Alex Wood is mired in a bit of uncertainty after facing batters earlier this week.
Buehler’s injury comes at a particularly inopportune time as he just put together his best start of the season. After working to iron out mechanical issues in prior outings, the right-hander allowed just one run to the Colorado Rockies and finished with a season-high 11 strikeouts over six innings.
“Outside of the baseball stuff, just kind of tired of being s—-y, to be honest,” he said after the game. “I don’t really know how else to say it, so I’m sorry for the language. I’m kind of tired of it. Trying to salvage the fastball, land some breaking balls, and I think from there things kind of flow. Definitely felt more like myself.”
Overall this season he’s 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA and 1.04 WHIP across four starts this season. Even with some of his command issues and inconsistency, Buehler has held opponents to a .185 batting average.
White gets second call
White was among the five players already with the Dodgers since the road trip began as a member of the taxi squad. The group also included Rocky Gale, Tony Gonsolin, Gavin Lux and Luke Raley. L.A. still has the option to add a 29th player to their active roster for the doubleheader.
White was added to the Dodgers’ 40-man roster last November. He first joined the club on Aug. 1, when Gonsolin was optioned after his 2020 debut. However, White did not appear in a game prior to getting optioned himself the following day so Kershaw could be activated off the IL.
Pitching for five affiliates over four Minor League seasons, White is 14-15 with a 3.97 ERA. He split last season between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City, going a combined 4-6 with a 5.09 ERA and 105 strikeouts.
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