The Dodgers’ rotation status after Andrew Heaney’s injury

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ATLANTA — The Dodgers received more bad injury news on Friday when they put left-hander Andrew Heaney on the 15-day injury list with a left shoulder infection. It’s the second IL stint of the season for Heaney, who just returned on Sunday.

According to manager Dave Roberts, Heaney felt unwell during his bullpen session Thursday. Heaney flew back to Los Angeles Thursday night to undergo further tests, which showed strain on his left shoulder. Heaney will now be suspended from pitching for a few days.

It’s an injury similar to Heaney’s earlier this season that forced him to miss two months after making just two starts. But Roberts and the Dodgers believe the injury is less severe this time and are optimistic he will miss just a few weeks.

“I don’t think it’s going to be long,” Roberts said. “It’s a bit worrying [that the injury popped up again], a little frustrating for Andrew because he’s done a lot to get back to this point. But that’s exactly where we are. So now it’s our job – and his job – to do whatever it takes to get him back on the hill as soon as possible.”

Although Heaney is expected to return sooner or later, his injury is another blow to the Los Angeles starting rotation. Walker Buehler is out for three months with a right forearm strain, and the Dodgers have been wary of Tony Gonsolin’s workload as he fields his first full season since 2019. Clayton Kershaw hit six strong innings in Cincinnati on Thursday and appears to be fully recovered after missing a month with a back injury.

With Heaney back in the IL, Los Angeles will turn to right-hander Mitch White, who will start Saturday in Atlanta. White is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA in nine appearances (four starts) for the Dodgers this season. The depth behind white gets even thinner for the club.

Ryan Pepiot wasn’t as effective as expected. Dustin May, returning from surgery on Tommy John, began bullpen sessions Thursday, according to Roberts. A best-case scenario for May’s return would be in August.

Given the lack of depth and injuries, Los Angeles could be more active in the seed market ahead of the Aug. 2 close. The Dodgers aren’t afraid to make a big splash. Last season, they traded for future Hall of Fame inductee Max Scherzer and shortstop Trea Turner.

This season will likely have the two biggest hitters available, A’s right-hander Frankie Montas and Reds right-hander Luis Castillo, who faced the Dodgers in Cincinnati on Wednesday. For now, however, Los Angeles will have to rely on some of its internal options.

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