Dodgers Chatter: Bobby Miller’s Return, Kershaw’s Rehab, and Trade Rumors

Welcome to another edition of “Dodgers Chatter,” where we bring you the latest news and updates surrounding the Los Angeles Dodgers. Today, we focus on the return of Bobby Miller, Clayton Kershaw’s rehab assignment, and potential trade interest in Tanner Scott.

Bobby Miller to Rejoin Rotation

Bobby Miller is set to return to the Dodgers rotation next week. Manager Dave Roberts announced that Miller will be reinstated from the 15-day injured list to start against the Rockies on Wednesday. Miller, who has been out for over two months due to shoulder inflammation, has been working on his comeback through a series of minor league starts. Despite some struggles in those rehab games, the Dodgers are ready to bring him back to bolster their starting pitching.

Clayton Kershaw Begins Rehab

Clayton Kershaw is also on the path to returning, beginning a rehab assignment with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga on Wednesday. This will be Kershaw’s first game action of 2024 after undergoing shoulder surgery in November. If all goes well, Kershaw could rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation around the All-Star break, providing a significant boost to the pitching staff.

Current Rotation Dynamics

The Dodgers’ rotation has seen significant changes this season, with key additions and injuries shaping its current form. The trio of Yoshinobu Yamamoto, Tyler Glasnow, and James Paxton has performed well, with ERAs between 3.00 and 4.00. Gavin Stone has stepped up in Miller’s absence, maintaining a 2.93 ERA over 67 2/3 innings. Walker Buehler, returning from Tommy John surgery, has shown some rust but remains a key part of the rotation.

With Miller’s return, the Dodgers will temporarily move to a six-man rotation. This adjustment will help manage the workload and providing extra rest for starters like Yamamoto and Glasnow during a stretch of 12 consecutive game days. However, this move will slightly impact the bullpen depth, reducing it to a seven-man relief group to meet the 13-pitcher roster limit.

Trade Rumors: Tanner Scott

The Dodgers have interest in Marlins closer Tanner Scott. Scott, known for his high velocity and strikeout ability, has drawn attention despite his control issues. He boasts a 1.93 ERA with a 26.1% strikeout rate this season, making him a valuable target for teams looking to bolster their bullpen ahead of the trade deadline.

The Dodgers have several relievers on the injured list, including Brusdar Graterol, Joe Kelly, and Ryan Brasier. Acquiring Scott could address the need for a flamethrowing left-handed presence in the bullpen. As the trade market heats up, the Dodgers will be closely monitoring opportunities to enhance their pitching staff.

Stay tuned for more updates and insights in the next edition of “Dodgers Chatter.” With key players returning and trade rumors swirling, the Dodgers are gearing up for an exciting second half of the season.

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