Dodgers: Candidates to Start for the Dodgers on Saturday
Dennis Santana or Caleb Ferguson
The other option the Dodgers could choose to go with is starting Dennis Santana or Caleb Ferguson. By calling up J.T. Chargois, the Dodgers already have an extra reliever in their bullpen and they could start one of their starting pitchers who is currently residing in the bullpen. Santana last pitched on Sunday and threw 2 2/3 innings.
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Dennis Santana had not pitched in the minors this season before being called up so it’s unclear how many innings he could give the team. Dennis pitched an inning last night which could work as his bullpen before a start if the Dodgers start him Saturday. The Dodgers will probably wait til last minute to decide a starting pitcher for Saturday that way they can have everyone available these next couple of days.
Caleb Ferguson is another former starting pitcher in the bullpen and the Dodgers did stretch him out a bit in spring training. Ferguson last pitched on Tuesday in St. Louis and he recorded four outs so a start on Saturday is feasible. Caleb made a few starts for the Dodgers last year before he was sent to the bullpen where he excelled.
Although Dave Roberts suggested the Dodgers will not go with a bullpen game on Saturday, there is always a chance he could reverse course on that if the starting rotation eats innings these next few games. By pitching a bullpen game the Dodgers could use Santana and Ferguson in a tandem start to take up five to six innings of work. There are plenty of options for the Dodgers to choose from for Saturday, now it’s just a matter of seeing how the next couple of games pan out.