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Dodgers: Dustin May Takes A Big Step in His Recovery From Tommy John

The Dodgers losing Dustin May last year was a devastating blow to the team. With so many injuries and issues surrounding the starting staff throughout the year, his injury really hurt. May had also been dealing through his first 4 starts of the season. 

But it was in that fifth start that the Dodgers realized they would have to be without him. May threw a pitched and immediately appeared to be in pain. Further testing later revealed a torn UCL in his throwing arm, meaning Tommy John surgery was the only option. 

But the good news is that May is working towards a return, even if it won’t be for a while. The Dodgers’ flamethrower was out on the mound in Arizona with the team on Tuesday throwing some pitches. May later added that he has now thrown 8 different bullpen sessions, roughly 25-30 pitches each time. 

That’s huge for May in his rehab process. The recovery period for Tommy John surgery ranges drastically and can be anywhere from 12-18 months to get back on the mound. May is about to reach the one-year mark of when he tore his UCL in May of 2021. Meanwhile, the Dodgers have been very hesitant to give any sort of timetable for him. 

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When he does return, it seems likely that the Dodgers would play it very safe with him. That could mean that he sees innings out of the bullpen, or that he doesn’t pitch in 2022 at all. He is very much a part of their long-term plans in the starting rotation, so if they see too much of a risk, they won’t push it. 

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