May could begin the 2020 campaign as a starter for the Dodgers if the abbreviated season necessitates a deeper starting rotation, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports. Though there are no firm details about how a potential 2020 season might play out, the possibility of expanded rosters and more frequent games -- including doubleheaders -- remains viable. Per Moura, the Dodgers have discussed using "as many as eight starting pitchers" to account for such a scenario. That would likely allow May to claim a spot in the big-league rotation as he was preparing to stretch out as a starter in the minor leagues before spring training was suspended. The 22-year-old fared well as a starter last season, posting a 2.82 ERA and 17:3 K:BB over 22.1 innings.
May reported that he has completely recovered from a side injury that sidelined him this spring in an interview with John Hartung of SportsNet LA. "Right now I'm ready to go. No issues. I'm completely healed," May indicated in Tuesday's interview. He also stated that he is throwing "as much as possible" and "right on cue" with the pitching schedules of other Dodgers starters. May will likely open the season at Triple-A in order to stretch out as a starter, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see him make an impact with the big-league club at some point during the campaign.
President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said May (side) is essentially recovered from his injury, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. May was bothered by a sore side muscle for most of spring training, though the issue isn't expected to limit the young righty when play ultimately resumes. He appeared in 14 games during his rookie season with the Dodgers in 2019, posting a 3.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 32:5 K:BB across 34.2 innings.
May (side) played catch Thursday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports. This is an encouraging sign for May, who was shut down near the end of February after showing little improvement in his recovery from a side issue. That said, the right-hander hasn't thrown from a mound since the first day of spring camp and will remain without a recovery timeline until he does so.
May (side) still isn't throwing and has no set return date, Jake Rill of MLB.com reports. May participated in a long-toss session last week but didn't feel great and was subsequently shut down. Manager Dave Roberts indicated that there has been "a little bit of improvement" in May's recovery but did not indicate when he'll resume throwing. The right-hander has not thrown from a mound since the first day of spring camp.
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