The Dodgers announced that righty Walker Buehler has been placed on the 10-day injured list due to a blister on his right hand. The move is retroactive to Aug. 23. Right-hander Mitch White is being promoted to the big leagues in his place. White is already on the 40-man roster. Buehler had been slated to pitch tonight.
It’s likely to be a short-term stint on the IL for Buehler, and one that the first-place Dodgers can weather. Los Angeles currently leads the second-place Padres by four games and, at 22-9, holds the best record in Major League Baseball. Buehler has gotten out to a fairly pedestrian start to the season, working to a 4.32 ERA in 25 frames, though his overall body of work since cementing himself in the L.A. rotation is excellent. Dating back to 2018, Buehler has a 3.20 ERA with 10.3 K/9, 2.2 BB/9 and a 45.2 percent ground-ball rate.
The 25-year-old White was the Dodgers’ second-round pick in 2016 out of Santa Clara University and has been one of their more promising arms since. He ranked among the game’s 100 best farmhands prior to the 2018 season, and while he’s not as highly regarded in 2020 after some rough showings in 2018-19, he’s still generally considered to be among the club’s 30 most promising minor leaguers. White was dominant in seven Double-A starts in 2019 before (like most pitchers) getting rocked in 16 Triple-A appearances (6.50 ERA, 9.6 K/, 3.3 BB/9, 1.84 HR/9).
The Dodgers didn’t announce White as their starter, though it’s possible he could take the hill in place of Buehler. If not, he’ll be in line to make his Major League debut whenever he gets into a game for the first time.