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Dodgers’ Pitching Depth Tested: Exploring Options to Fill Buehler’s Absence

With Walker Buehler sidelined until at least May, the Dodgers are exploring various options for their starting rotation. Unfortunately, Emmet Sheehan won’t be in contention due to starting the year on the injured list

. According to Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts mentioned Gavin Stone, Michael Grove, Kyle Hurt, and Ryan Yarbrough as potential replacements for Buehler at the beginning of the season.

Among these options, Stone, at 25, appears to be leading the pack, having made a strong impression during spring training. In 9.2 innings, he has recorded nine strikeouts, issued only one walk, and allowed just one earned run, resulting in an impressive 0.93 ERA.

Grove holds the most experience among this group, having pitched in parts of the last two seasons, totaling 98.2 innings both as a starter and out of the bullpen. Despite a career 5.67 ERA and 4.60 FIP, Grove has shown flashes of excellence.

Hurt had a brief stint with the Dodgers last year, appearing in two games and pitching three innings without conceding a run, while striking out three. Although he primarily worked out of the bullpen last season, Roberts revealed plans to transition Hurt into a starter role.

Yarbrough was acquired by the Dodgers last year from the Kansas City Royals and posted a 4.89 ERA and 4.52 FIP as a swingman. Reports from spring training suggest that the Dodgers may prefer to utilize him in a swingman capacity.

The Dodgers find themselves with a surplus of options to fill Buehler’s absence, a luxury that many other teams may envy, where these pitchers might already be mainstays in the starting rotation.

Yachiga Tavershima
Yachiga Tavershima
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