The Dodgers pitching depth put to the test again as another starter goes down

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said yesterday that starter Mike Bolsinger, who was presumed to be the fifth starter given Zach Lee’s demotion, is dealing with an oblique injury and could begin the season on the disabled list. Others with the Dodgers are calling it an abdominal injury.

Either way, the competition for the fifth spot in the Dodgers’ rotation is going to continue. Carlos Frias and Zach Lee are the most likely possibilities. The Dodgers had a lot of starting pitching options entering camp, but those ranks are getting thinner by the week. Brett Anderson is out for months. Brandon Beachy is dealing with tendinitis. There have always been at least mild concerns about how well Scott Kazmir will hold up given his second half of 2015.

With God (a/k/a Clayton Kershaw) all things are possible, but overall, there are a lot of innings to be covered in Los Angeles.

Mets sign Ervin Santana to a minor league deal

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The Mets have signed pitcher Ervin Santana to a minor league deal.

Santana was most recently with the White Sox who designated him for assignment and subsequently released him in late April. It was a earned release, as he allowed 14 runs on 19 hits and six walks with five strikeouts over 13.1 innings before being cut. He only made five starts with the Twins in 2018 due to a an injury, but he was an All-Star in 2017 so why not kick the tires?

Santana will report to extended spring training to kick off the rust. Your guess is as a good as mine as to when or if he’ll pitch in New York this year.