Bobby Miller's dominant performance isn't the only good news for Dodgers rotation

Bobby Miller was dominant, and one of LA's best pitchers is on his way back.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller (28)
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Bobby Miller (28) / Jonathan Hui-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Dodgers starting rotation may not be as bad as some had initially feared. Yoshinobu Yamamoto's horrific start overseas certainly raised some questions, but Bobby Miller's outing on Friday helped calm the nerves of the Dodgers' faithful.

Miller was lights out against the St. Louis Cardinals. After the Dodgers shut Miles Mikolas' midwestern farmer mouth with a 7-1 drubbing on Thursday, LA took down St. Louis once again with a masterful performance that saw Miller go six innings and allow just two hits while striking out 11 batters.

Miller barely broke a sweat. The right-hander threw 93 pitches, 63 of which landed for strikes. Miller walked just one, and that came against Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth inning. That lone free pass allowed Masyn Winn to advance to second base, which was as far as the Cardinals hitters got all night with Miller on the mound.

Bobby Miller's dominant performance isn't the only good news for the Dodgers rotation

But wait, there's more. In addition to Miller shoving against the Cardinals, the Dodgers got a bit of good news. Injured starter Walker Buehler is scheduled to begin his rehab assignment on Sunday. The two-time All-Star has not thrown a pitch in a major league game since 2022.

Buehler underwent his second Tommy John surgery midway through the 2022 season, and it was always the hope that the right-hander would return sometime last season. That never materialized, and Buehler targeted the start of the 2024 season for his return.

According to Dodgers manager Dave Roberts, the plan is for Buehler to go four or five innings on Sunday and pitch in at least four minor league games before returning to the Dodgers roster. If that timeline holds, Dodgers fans can expect to see Buehler back on the mound sometime by the middle of April.

This bit of injury news coincides with seeing former Cy Young Award-winner Clayton Kershaw putting in some work ahead of Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on Thursday. Kershaw is said to be ahead of schedule, but his return is still unlikely to happen before the All-Star break.

Miller's dominance followed an absolutely brilliant performance from Tyler Glasnow during the Dodgers' home opener. Couple that with the positive updates surrounding Buehler and Kershaw, and LA's starting rotation is looking better and better.

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