The Dodgers placed All-Star pitcher Walker Buehler on the 10-day injured list with a finger blister on his pitching hand hours before he was scheduled to start Game 2 of Thursday's doubleheader against the Giants.
Right-handed pitcher Mitch White was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Buehler on the roster, but manager Dave Roberts said the Game 2 starter was contingent on pitcher usage in Game 1. White has never pitched in the Major Leagues.
“We have a lot of options,” Roberts said.
Roberts said he expected Buehler to be able to return to the rotation next week when he is eligible on Sept. 2. Buehler’s blister surfaced toward the end of his best start of the season on Friday night vs. Colorado, when he struck out 11, but also allowed three consecutive singles in his sixth and final inning of work.
Tony Gonsolin, who has been untouchable in three starts as the sixth starter, was unavailable to pitch Thursday because management had him throw 99 pitches in a Monday intrasquad game, presumably to prepare him for a weekend recall and start.
“[The blister] was mild when we learned of it at the end of [Buehler's] start,” Roberts explained. “Our every intention was to have Walker make his start today. But as he played catch and in the ‘pen, it just didn’t rebound or heal up or scar like we hoped. To play the game and have him start when we don’t know what’s going to happen, it just didn’t make sense for us. That’s kind of the thought behind it.”
Buehler is 1-0 with a 4.32 ERA in five starts, his second consecutive slow beginning to a season. He reported to Summer Camp behind the other starters because of the uncertainty of the beginning of the regular season, he said. To date he has allowed five home runs and nine walks in 25 innings, well above his career norms.