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Dodgers News: Dustin May is Back to Feeling as Good as He Has in Years

The Dustin May experience looks like it’s back in full swing… and miss. The Dodgers flamethrower is putting together a great spring so far. After missing most of the last two seasons following Tommy John surgery, the right-hander showed up to spring training rested and refocused on getting back to the stardom he was headed toward early in 2021.

“I would say right now is probably the closest I’ve been to pre-surgery feel-wise,” May said after his most recent Cactus League outing. “I’m in a pretty good spot right now. … I finally got some off time.

May worked hard to return in time for a playoff push late in 2022 and pitched to mixed success. After spending nearly 15 months rehabbing from elbow surgery, Dustin got into 6 games last season before a back injury frustratingly sidelined him in September. As he explained, all the work leading up to that point took its toll on his body.

The rehab process, you’re coming back and haven’t thrown in a game in a while, but there’s a lot of throws that have been made in the rehab process. … I wouldn’t say I was tired or anything, but I was almost going through a full season with the throws. Just being able to have the rest of the offseason and coming in healthy is a really good thing for me.”

Now after a full, normal offseason, May is back to dominating on the mound. He leads the Dodgers in strikeouts this spring, recording 13 punchouts — 7 on Sunday alone — over 8.2 innings (the second most innings on the staff this spring as well).

“I’m in a very good spot, body-wise,” May told SportsNet LA’s Kirsten Watson after his outing, “so that’s the biggest thing I’ve been looking for over the last couple years, because I’ve been hurt. As long as I’m staying healthy through the spring and staying comfortable with my throws, we’re in a good spot.”

He’s a lock to make the starting rotation out of spring training, and could slot in anywhere on the staff, depending on how or if Dave Roberts wants to break up Julio Urias and Clayton Kershaw at the top of the rotation. It’s going to be a big year for big red.

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Clint Pasillas

Clint Pasillas has been writing, blogging, and podcasting about the Los Angeles Dodgers since 2008. Under Clint's leadership as the Lead Editor, Dodgers Nation has grown into one of the most read baseball sites in the world with millions of unique visitors per month. Find him online on Twitter/X or his YouTube channel!

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