LOS ANGELES -- Despite getting the kid-glove treatment in Summer Camp, Dodgers co-ace Walker Buehler said he’s healthy and ready for his first start, which likely will be next Tuesday in Houston.
“I feel good and ready to go,” Buehler said.
Buehler has pitched in only one simulated game, retiring the seven teammates he faced. Instead of pitching in one of the three exhibition games against the D-backs or Angels, he’s only thrown to Dodgers hitters and will do that again in a voluntary workout on Wednesday.
Buehler, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2015, said he threw less than his staff mates during the pause because of the uncertainty over when camp would resume. He believes he’s only “an inning or two behind” the other Dodgers starters, although they have already thrown six innings in games.
Roberts said the club still has two roster decisions to make, one a position player, one a reliever. He had said the club could carry anywhere from 14 to 17 pitchers.
He said Zach McKinstry, likely one position player on the roster bubble, “has the skillset, the mindset to be a big league player right now. As they say, he’s an injury away. He’s right there.”
Reliever AJ Ramos, the former Marlins closer who was signed last week, has impressed for someone that hasn’t pitched in two years because of shoulder surgery. “At the off-site [training facility], he can do the things he hasn’t been able to do” while sidelined. Roberts also complimented reliever Edubray Ramos.
Mookie Betts was not in the Dodgers’ lineup Tuesday night, but Roberts said he just wanted to give him a second day off before Thursday’s opener.