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Dodgers News: Players React to the Walker Buehler News

The Dodgers welcome a much-needed off-day on Monday. The club is mired in a tough stretch and has lost 9 of its last 13 games, including a sweep by the Giants. Over the stretch, the clubhouse took a massive blow with the loss of Walker Buehler for an extended period of time.

On Friday, Buehler left his start early complaining of discomfort in his right elbow. An MRI revealed a flexor mass strain which comes with several weeks on the sidelines. After the news, the Dodgers clubhouse reacted to the loss of LA’s opening day starter.

First baseman Freddie Freeman admitted it will be tough for the boys in blue without Walker.

“When you lose one of the best pitchers in the game, it’s a big blow to anybody, especially us. Luckily we got Clayton (Kershaw) back because having both of them out would’ve been a huge blow. Clayton looked pretty good, but losing Walker is going to be tough.”

Manager Dave Roberts added his two cents.

“We’re certainly better with Walker. But that’s not going to be for quite some time.”

Clayton Kershaw, who made his return to the rotation on Saturday, put it on his team to carry the burden of losing Buehler.

“No matter if Heaney and I are back or not, it’s tough to lose Walker for any amount of time. He’s a stud. He’s pitched some huge innings in huge games for us and he’s been pretty consistent going out there every fifth day. So all of us are going to have to step up for however long he is out and do our best.”

The 27-year-old has gone 6-3 with a 4.02 ERA over 12 starts. He’s allowed 9.3 hits-per-9, second worst of his career. Walker is expected to return this season.

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