Dodgers @ Astros July 28, 2020 – Buehler makes season debut against the cheaters

Yes, we’ll never not be bitter.

The Dodgers return to the scene of one of the dumbest baseball games in recent memory. And of course, it’s even dumber now with everything we know.

After a disappointing season-opening series split with the Giants, the Dodgers get their first look at the 2020 Astros. Walker Buehler is making his season debut after a slight delay. He’ll be opposed by a human named Framber Valdez.

DodgersAstros
6:10 p.m.Houston
RF BettsCF Springer
1B Muncy2B Altuve
3B Turner3B Bregman
CF BellingerLF Brantley
DH Taylor1B Gurriel
SS SeagerSS Correa
LF PollockRF Reddick
2B HernandezDH Tucker
C SmithC Maldonado
P Buehler (R)P Valdez (L)

There was a bit of Dodger news today, the most significant of which being Alex Wood. He was placed on the 10-day injured list with shoulder inflammation. Josh Sborz was recalled to take his roster spot.

Wood lasted just three innings against the Giants on Saturday. He allowed three runs, walked three and struck out four. With the truncated season and the modified Summer Camp, I’m betting this won’t be the last time a player (pitcher, specifically) suffers an injury like this.

What I’m confused about is apparently Wood’s shoulder has been bothering him for a couple weeks, yet he was allowed to begin the season? I’m #notadoctor, but that seems a bit suspect.

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Here’s some of the other bits of news from Dave Roberts‘ pregame presser.

This is the Dodgers’ first road trip of the season, and these three players will be at the ready should there be an injury.

With Wood and Clayton Kershaw down (but maybe not for long), the starting pitching depth is being tested early. Tony Gonsolin would be my first choice, followed by Josiah Gray and then Mitch White.

If Kershaw does indeed come back, we probably won’t see any of those starting pitchers mentioned until there’s another injury. Let’s just hope Kershaw isn’t rushing back from the back injury he sustained a week ago.

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Levity.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler
Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosts a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He is a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.