The Dodgers have a lot of questions when it comes to their pitching staff. Dustin May’s recovery from Tommy John surgery is one of the big ones.
May underwent season-ending Tommy John in the spring after damaging his UCL in a May 1st start in Milwaukee.
There’s plenty of speculation about when the powerful righty will be able to pitch again for the Dodgers. Once May does return in 2022, one insider believes it will not be as a starter.
Dodgers reporter David Vassegh gave an educated guess for both May’s return date and what his role will be once he’s back on the mound.
“I guess [an] optimistic return date for Dustin May would probably be sometime in August. From what I understand, and the conjecture I’ve heard, it wouldn’t be coming into the rotation, Maybe as an opener, but more so as a reliever as he works his way back from Tommy John.”
The 24-year-old was cleared to begin throwing on November 1st. Rebuilding his arm strength and stamina is going to take time.
Another wrinkle to the recovery calendar is the fact that May can’t utilize the Dodgers facilities nor training staff during the current MLB lockout.
Historically, the Dodgers have not rushed young pitchers back from injury. Julio Úrias is a prime example of the Dodgers longview approach when it comes to talented, but delicate arms.
When healthy, May has shown the ability to pitch at a high level whether it’s as a starter or reliever. May owns a 2.84 ERA in his 19 career starts. He has a 3.32 ERA when coming out of the bullpen.
If all goes well, May should be a factor for the Dodgers in September regardless of his role.