May threw three innings Sunday and should be stretched to five frames by the start of the regular season, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports. May is among three candidates for the fifth-starter spot that became available when David Price opted out of the campaign. It is difficult to ascertain whether May or Ross Stripling is the frontrunner for the role, with both men having a strong case to join the rotation. In 14 games (including four starts) with the Dodgers last season, May posted a 3.63 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 32:5 K:BB over 34.2 innings.
May has a clearer path to a rotation spot this year after David Price announced on his personal Twitter page Saturday that he will sit out the season. May already had a decent shot to make a fair amount of starts this season, as he lined up as the team's sixth starter in a year in which teams are likely going to be forced to get creative. He now looks like one of the team's top five options, as he's fully recovered from a side injury that would have forced him to miss the start of the year had play not been paused back in March. The 22-year-old struck out a modest 22.7 percent of opposing batters in his 34.2-inning debut last year, but a 3.5 percent walk rate helped him to a 3.63 ERA and a 2.90 FIP.
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.
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