The 2022 MLB trade deadline has passed. The Los Angeles Dodgers shuffled deck chairs and rearranged the furniture in an effort to welcome back a few stars, as well as greet several new ones from the minor-league level for the first time.
As if LA’s deadline activity wasn’t enough of a signal that some internal change was on the horizon, rehabbing right-hander Dustin May hit the fan base with an electric cattle prod on Wednesday afternoon.
Coming on the heels of Miguel Vargas’ much-anticipated promotion, May took to TikTok (such a Gen Zer) to announce that he’s just about ready to go after undergoing Tommy John surgery following a May start in Milwaukee last season.
Will May return as a starter or reliever? Either way, he’ll see his workload managed for a team that can afford to be cautious (while sporting the best record in baseball).
However May makes his splash, the kid’s hype video made it clear that he’s fed up with rehab, considers his long road finished, and plans to make an impact down the stretch. The Dodgers’ deadline shows they have the exact same plan.
Dodgers’ Dustin May posts electric hype video after Tommy John recovery
May has been spectacular in three short starts at the minor-league level this season, whiffing 12 men in seven innings pitched while sporting a 1.14 WHIP and 1.29 ERA.
Which arms the Dodgers plan to trot out in their five-man rotation in the second half (and four-man weave in the postseason) remains anyone’s guess. Andrew Friedman further clouded the post-deadline picture on Tuesday evening when he claimed even ace Walker Buehler’s role wasn’t entirely settled, and April’s No. 1 starter could be a ‘pen weapon come this year’s postseason.
Intuition would indicate the Dodgers will be extra careful with their Tommy John comeback artist, but so far, there haven’t been any reins on May’s rehab. Maybe he piggybacks with Andrew Heaney for the time being, perhaps carving out a large role for himself by October?
Regardless, he’s about to help the big league club, even though his contributions in Oklahoma City have been much appreciated.