LOS ANGELES – Dustin May won’t pitch again during the regular season.
The Dodgers placed the 25-year-old right-hander on the Injured List Saturday with lower back tightness. He will not be eligible to pitch again until after the regular season ends.
May will be eligible to pitch in the postseason and the Dodgers are optimistic that the injury was caught early enough that he will be healed and ready to pitch for them when their National League Division Series begins on October 11.
May returned from Tommy John surgery to make six starts for the Dodgers with mixed results. He had a 4.50 ERA and 1.17 WHIP with 29 strikeouts in 30 innings.
He was given six days off between starts earlier this month when he was bothered by arm soreness and pitched five no-hit innings at San Francisco when he returned to the mound. In his next start (last Wednesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks), however, he gave up five runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings.
“You think about coming back from Tommy John and having a fresh body – it isn’t really like that,” May said, talking at the time about the arm soreness in San Francisco. “I’ve been throwing for nine months (without an offseason).”
May said the extra time off before the start against the Giants “really helped.” The back issue came up after that start against the Diamondbacks last week.
Freddie Freeman was scratched from the starting lineup before Saturday’s game due to illness.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Freeman has been fighting “a little bug” and “just doesn’t feel right.” Freeman went through his pregame routine Saturday before being scratched. He was also out of the lineup Friday.
Roberts said Freeman might be available to come off the bench later in Saturday’s game. If he doesn’t appear in the game, it will be the first time Freeman has missed consecutive games since the last week of the 2019 season with the Atlanta Braves.
Cardinals (RHP Adam Wainwright, 11-10, 3.38 ERA) at Dodgers (RHP Michael Grove, 0-0, 4.66 ERA), Sunday, 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA, 570 AM