The Los Angeles Dodgers‘ pitching depth is facing a series of setbacks. The team has now disclosed that another starting pitcher, Dustin May, would require surgery on his right elbow to repair his flexor tendon. This news comes only one day after Clayton Kershaw was placed on the 15-day injured list due to shoulder tightness. The surgery will be conducted by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Unfortunately, this surgery will likely mean the end of May’s season.
About Dustin May
Dustin May initially went on the injured list in May because of a flexor pronator strain, which was thought to be the extent of his injury at that time. However, it seems the problem was more severe than initially diagnosed.
The expectation of May’s return in the later part of the season was a major cause for optimism over the team’s chances to win the National League West and other things, even though he wasn’t actively playing for the Dodgers during his time on the injured list. Before getting injured, May had shown impressive performance in nine starts this year, recording a 2.63 ERA, a 0.938 WHIP, 34 strikeouts, and 16 walks over 48 innings. His absence will be a considerable loss for the team’s pitching depth.
Injuries have been a recurring problem for Dustin May, the hard-throwing right-handed pitcher. He missed a substantial portion of the 2021 and 2022 seasons due to Tommy John surgery, which involved repairing the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow. Now, he faces another surgery on his elbow.
In addition to May and Clayton Kershaw’s injuries, the Dodgers are eagerly awaiting the returns of Walker Buehler from his second Tommy John surgery, Ryan Pepiot from an oblique strain, and Noah Syndergaard from a blister issue. However, Syndergaard’s performance earlier this season, with a high 7.16 ERA, has tempered expectations for his return. On a positive note, Julio Urías has recently come back from a hamstring injury.
With the current rotation consisting of Urías, Tony Gonsolin, and rookies Bobby Miller, Emmett Sheehan, and Gavin Stone, it is quite likely that the Dodgers will seek additional pitching options at the MLB trade deadline. The team may be actively looking to bolster their pitching depth given the injuries they have faced and the importance of solidifying their rotation for the rest of the season.
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