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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Dustin May (side), the team's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, said he threw three innings on Sunday and expects to be stretched out to five innings when the regular season starts. May had some soreness in his side in spring training earlier this year, but it looks like he'll be ready to go later this month. The 22-year-old right-hander could be more appealing as a late-round flier now that David Price and Jimmy Nelson won't play at all this year, but Ross Stripling is likely ahead of May when it comes to the Dodgers rotation options. May should already be owned in all dynasty/keeper formats and is certainly worth stashing in NL-only leagues because of his upside.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson (back) will have surgery on his lower back on Tuesday and will miss the entire 2020 season. Dr. Robert Watkins will perform the lumbar procedure. Nelson signed a one-year deal with the Dodgers, and the team will hold a 2021 option on the right-hander. The 31-year-old had a great season with Milwaukee in 2017, but he's pretty much been injured since. He was 0-2 with a 6.95 ERA, 1.91 WHIP and 26 strikeouts in 22 innings in 2019 with the Brew Crew. With David Price opting out this year and now Nelson out for the season, Ross Stripling will have much more value to the Dodgers and fantasy owners in a swing role.
Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price announced Saturday he will forgo the 2020 season. Price becomes the highest profile opt-out as hell prioritize health and family amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Price will sacrifice roughly $11.9 million in salary this season but should conceivably return to baseball next year in his age 35 season. With a career 3.31 ERA, Prices best days are likely behind him but he remains a serviceable arm in fantasy and real life. Pitcher Ross Stripling gets the biggest boost with Prices absence, as hell get a shot to start. Currently drafted outside the top-300, Striplings ADP is sure to rise with a strong camp.
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitchers Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood and Ross Stripling have already thrown three-inning simulated games at summer camp, indicating that they could pitch deeper into games when the regular season begins at the end of July. The Dodgers have hinted that they may not go with a traditional five-man rotation to begin the shortened 60-game season, but either way, Kershaw and Wood should be locks for the rotation. Stripling is likely on the outside looking in for a rotation spot, but he's proven in the past to be a valuable swing man as a starter and reliever. The velocity isn't what it once was for Kershaw, but the 32-year-old left-hander remains in the conversation as a fantasy ace, albeit at the lower end of the spectrum.
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to a minor league deal with relief pitcher A.J. Ramos on Thursday, according to a source. Ramos will be added to the 60-man player pool with summer camps beginning this weekend. The 33-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched in the big leagues since June of 2018, when he underwent labrum surgery on his shoulder. Ramos was an All-Star with the Marlins in 2016, sporting a 2.81 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 73 strikeouts and a career-high 40 saves in 64 innings as the team's closer. He saved 32 games the year prior and 27 games in 2017. Ramos certainly has experience, saving 99 games in seven seasons in the majors. He'll bring that experience to a loaded Dodgers squad, but he's unlikely to come into any fantasy relevance, especially during this shortened season.