The Dodgers were hopeful to be getting one of their mainstay pitchers back this season after he dealt with injuries last season. They got right-hander Dustin May back for the first part of the year, but again lost the young pitcher to another injury. He suffered an elbow injury in the middle of May and has been out since.
May underwent surgery on his elbow recently and now starts the recovery process once again. It’s extremely unfortunate that he has had to deal with this many injuries so early into his career. Manager Dave Roberts confirmed the surgery happened and said that it would likely be a “long road back” for the pitcher.
“It’s gonna be a long road back. So, it’s a tough one, considering all that he’s gone through,” Roberts said. “I’m certain he’s gonna be able to find his way back and work his way back, but we’re gonna miss him.”
Dave Roberts on today's roster moves, Dustin May's road to recovery and more ahead of the finale in Baltimore. pic.twitter.com/pGQx0Ku3dZ— SportsNet LA (@SportsNetLA) July 19, 2023
After recovering from Tommy John Surgery last season, the Dodgers thought the worst with May was behind him. However fate had other ideas and sadly here we are.
After leaving his start on May 17 of this year, nobody knew that May would be done for the season. Many believed that he would return at some point but the team decided to have him get surgery to try and get him right for the rest of his career.
Prior to the injury, May was having a solid season. In nine games, he held an ERA of 2.83 and had 34 strikeouts over 48 innings pitched. But going forward, the hard throwing right-hander may have to switch up how he pitches if he wants his career to continue on.
He throws with such force at times and it puts a major strain on his arm. It was thought he may change it after the Tommy John Surgery, but he didn’t, and now he is on the mend again.
When healthy, May has some of the nastiest stuff in the league. His potential is sky-high and the Dodgers have been very high on him since he made his debut. The hope is that he can heal up and be ready to go at some point next season.
#Dodgers Dustin May underwent elbow surgery Tuesday as scheduled. Flexor repair was performed as well as a UCL reconstruction revision to the TJ procedure he had in May 2021. Projected return in 12 months— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 19, 2023
Hopefully that is the case and we get to see him back out on the mound sooner rather than later.
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