Prior to first pitch on Tuesday afternoon, Walker Buehler announced on his Instagram page that he underwent Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) and repair his flexor tendon. World-renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the procedure on the Dodgers hurler.
Buehler is now set to miss the rest of the 2022 season, the entirety of the 2023 season, and will likely miss most of the first half of the 2024 season as he works his way back from TJ.
Dodgers fans took to Twitter to react to the big news that will have ramifications for years to come for their favorite baseball team.
— Duane Colucci (@Nybookieduane) August 23, 2022
One fan pointed out that Buehler is set to be a free agent after the 2024 season.
What does this mean for his next contract? Isn’t he going into a contract year?
— bronnyjames (@Bronnysburner1) August 23, 2022
But mainly, fans were saddened by the news that the October ace will be out for years to come.
STOP THIS PAIN pic.twitter.com/ex0JzeUOI8
— leslie (@lesyvy) August 23, 2022
— Rafy ??? (@RafySZN) August 23, 2022
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— Jacob (KENNY PICKETT IS ELITE) (@jdekt18) August 23, 2022
— Nick Alfidi (@AlfidiNick) August 23, 2022
— Blake Treinen (@Blake_Treinen) August 23, 2022
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