The Los Angeles Dodgers have dealt with a slew of injuries to their Major League roster and now may have another on their hands with top pitching prospect Josiah Gray, who was a late scratch from his start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday night.
Gray began his warmup routine in the outfield and there wasn’t any clear indication of trouble. “Obviously when a starter, certainly a top prospect is scratched from a start, we’ve got to do some testing,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “And I don’t know if we’ve done that yet.”
The outing was due to be Gray’s second of the season for OKC. He went five innings on Opening Day of the Triple-A campaign and set a career high with 10 strikeouts.
Roberts recently ruled out Gray as an option to be recalled for his MLB debut, but indicated Tuesday night there had been a bit of a reversal. “There was some talk,” Roberts said. “We were talking about it potentially, but we’re going to have to kind of shelve that for a little bit.”
Ahead of making his 2021 debut, Gray was focused on pitching well and letting the rest take care of itself. “I’ve heard a lot of what everyone else has said: ‘Just kind of stay ready, go out and prove you can be an asset for us at the big league level.’ That’s what I’m aiming to do,” Gray said.
“I haven’t heard much about what I have to do. I just know that being a pitcher, you have to pitch well. That’s kind of what my mentality is. I’ll kind of let the cards fall how they may, depending on how this year goes. Kind of just staying healthy, going out there and giving it my all.”
May undergoes surgery
Dustin May’s season came to an end when an MRI revealed a damaged UCL (ulnar collateral ligament) in his right elbow. May underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and likely will be out into the 2022 season.
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