Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed Dustin May started on Saturday against the Milwaukee Brewers in the second inning. May gestured toward the dugout after delivering a pitch, shivering from the apparent pain all the while. On Sunday morning, the Dodgers announced that May had been placed on the 10-day injured list with a “right arm injury.” May is getting an MRI and there may be more news on Monday.
May completed 1 2/3 innings on Saturday, enabling a walk and a run on a Luis Urías-homerun. He struckout three batters and averaged 98.3 mph on his fastball. His final throw was a 94 mph fastball that registered as his slowest of the season, per SB Nation’s Eric Stephen. (For reference, his seasonal average was 98.4 mph.)
May was replaced by lefthanded reliever Garrett Cleavinger, including the Dodgers during the offseason as part of a three-team trade Philadelphia Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays. The Dodgers would eventually lose the game in 11 innings, their 10th loss in their last 13 games.
May is 1-1 with a 2.74 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 35 strikeouts against six walks in 23 innings this season. This looked like a big breakout season for the talented 23-year-old, but the speed dip and his response are a rather troubling combination.
The Dodgers already had seven pitchers on the injured list before this move, including Tony Gonsolin, David Price, Brusdar Graterol, Joe Kelly, and Corey Knebel. Caleb Ferguson and Tommy Kahnle, meanwhile, are both absent for the year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. With May’s move to the injured list, the Dodgers bought the contract from lefthanded pitcher Mike Kickham. Knebel was also moved to the 60-day injured list.
The Dodgers come in on Sunday with a 16-12 record, good for second place in the National League West, half a game behind the surprising San Francisco Giants.