Buehler Is Out for the Season

Monday, August 15, 2022
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2022

Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery. Since early June, Buehler has been out with a flexor strain and bone potato chips removed from the troublesome elbow. The Dodgers hoped Buehler could have returned in September and perform during the postseason. Now, starting pitching is a concern going into the postseason.

Just after the Dodgers drafted Buehler, he underwent Tommy John surgery. Since then, he has not had any elbow problems until this June. The Dodgers have not given any details about Buehler’s next Tuesday’s elbow surgery.

The Dodgers have suffered many injuries to the starting rotation. So far, these injuries have not affected the effectiveness of the starting rotation. This Saturday, Dustin May will start after missing fifteen and a half months for Tommy John surgery. On his rehabilitation assignment at Oklahoma City, May has been impressive, including pitching an immaculate inning on Sunday. However, no one knows how well May will perform for the rest of the season and in the postseason.

Right now, Clayton Kershaw with another back injury is on the IL, but he is jovial. When Kershaw is cheerful, he feels better. The MRI did not reveal anything new with Kershaw’s back, which is good. Of course, the Dodgers are being careful with him. I am confident that Kershaw will perform during the postseason.

Monday night against the Milwaukee Brewers, Julio Urías did not have his best stuff but hurled five scoreless innings. This season Urías has showed great maturity as he became an ace of the Dodger starting rotation even though both Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson have more wins.

While Gonsolin is pitching career-high innings, he has not lost his effectiveness. Anderson has given the Dodgers a veteran presence. The Dodgers should be fine without Buehler during the playoffs.

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