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Dodgers News: Dustin May’s Return Date Set, Barring Setback

Dodgers fans have been champing at the bit as we wait for the return of flamethrowing right-hander Dustin May. The flamethrower has been sidelined since early 2021 after suffering a season ending elbow injury that required reconstructive surgery.

Over the last few weeks, May has been building his arm strength back up while on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Now we have a firm idea of when we can expect Dustin back on the active roster.

So, if all goes well, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says the hurler should be back next week. First, everything needs to go well in his sixth and final rehab start on Sunday. After that, he should be set to re-join the starting rotation as early as Friday against the Marlins back at Dodger Stadium.

May has been lights out while building back up in the minor leagues over the last few weeks. In 4 triple-A starts, he’s allowed just 3 earned runs over 14 innings pitched. In his most recent start on Tuesday night, he tossed 5 innings, allowing 1 run while striking out 8 batters.

With Clayton Kershaw sidelined until early September at best, it’s expected that May will fill those turns in the rotation until once again the club is faced with a decision. If May ultimately ends up in a relief role, it’s a role he’ll be familiar with. 12 of his 31 career outings have come out of the bullpen.

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