Dodgers Way Quick Hits: Kershaw, Buehler, Rule Changes
Much like his rotation mate Clayton Kershaw, Walker Buehler is also progressing towards returning to game action and is further along. Buehler is going to make his first start of the spring on Monday which means he should have time to fit in three starts before opening day. While Buehler probably won’t start opening day, he should be ready to take the mound in the fourth or fifth game of the regular season.
The idea has been discussed of “piggybacking” Kershaw and Buehler for a few of their early-season starts with Ross Stripling also being available to pitch a few games in those outings. While it would take careful planning with the rotation and bullpen, this wouldn’t be a bad idea to get Kershaw and Buehler in games before they are stretched out. It would also keep the Dodgers from rushing them back into game action.
This should be an interesting final two weeks of spring with the recoveries of Kershaw, Buehler, and Seager all being watched closely. While it would be nice if each of them were ready to go when the regular season begins, it’s important to remember baseball is a marathon and the Dodgers have plenty of depth on their roster.