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Dodgers’ Michael Petersen Opens Up About the Low Point of His Career

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Michael Petersen knew he would make it to the big leagues one day. He didn’t know when it would happen but if he remained patient, he would see his dream become a reality.

That dream came true on Tuesday in Denver against the Colorado Rockies. He picked up the win in his debut and struck out two in two innings of work.

After spending nearly a decade in the minor leagues, the 30-year-old had finally moved past the COVID-19 pandemic and Tommy John surgery, Petersen became the first British-born Dodger and the first British-born player in Major League Baseball since PJ Conlon on July 10, 2018.

As a guest on the latest episode of the Baseball Isn’t Boring podcast, Petersen opened up about the low point in his career during 2021-22 while he was recovering from elbow surgery.

“Those were the years I was seeing all my friends. I was sitting, not doing anything. It starts to click: that could be bad. The dog days, they’re hot in the midwest, in Houston, Sugar Land, sweating and arm’s starting to ache. You’re like, ‘Am I really going to do this?’

“I was with the (Rockies) for four years. COVID took one, TJ took two more, so three (years) and I played with them for one. That whole time I always imagined debuting here (at Coors Field). I always imagined having a condo or something, coming out to the field and debuting. It’s crazy that it still happened.”

Petersen took advantage of the opportunity presented to him in Denver. Michael Grove was placed on the injured list and the Dodgers stormed back to win 11-9. He allowed one hit, one walk, and one earned run and had a front-row seat for one of the greatest comebacks this season.

Photo Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

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