Dodgers News: Walker Buehler to Start Throwing Program on Monday
At the beginning of the season, no one would’ve expected Tony Gonsolin and Tyler Anderson as the two pitchers who would be anchoring the Dodgers’ rotation. Both have helped pick up the slack in a depleted starting pitching depth. No one would have also expected that Walker Buehler would have an ERA north of 4 and have to miss a couple of months of the season due to injury (and surgery).
Well, both scenarios have happened to Los Angeles. Of course, the former is a great scenario to have, especially since both Gonsolin and Anderson were NL All-Stars. And while losing Walker Buehler has been tough, there’s some good news that has surfaced about his eventual return.
After being 6 weeks removed from surgery to remove a bone spur from his throwing arm, Buehler is scheduled to begin a throwing program on Monday.
#Dodgers Walker Buehler is six weeks out from surgery to remove bone spur in elbow. Expected to start a throwing program in the next week or so
— Bill Plunkett (@billplunkettocr) July 22, 2022
Barring any setbacks, Buehler should be able to make his return to the Dodgers just in time for the team’s playoff run. Having him back in the rotation would be a major boost to their title odds and would surely take off pressure from guys like Anderson, Gonsolin, and Julio Urías.
What version of Buehler returns is a different story and may depend on how well his rehab goes. Obviously, the pre-2022 version of Walker would be a welcome sight to the team and fans alike, but even a version that isn’t yet back to his 100% self would do as there is no doubt he is a competitor and will fight every pitch to ensure he gives the Dodgers a chance to win.
However, even with his eventual return, the Dodgers are not shy about entertaining the idea of adding another arm.
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I caution against betting the farm system for a rent-a-pitcher. Just remember how well that went with Darvish and Scherzer.
Next week we will have six starters in the rotation…all are very capable and would be starters on any other team. Plus, we have two very good starters to add later this year…bringing the total to 8. So, even if hit by a couple of injuries (hope not), we still have more than enough capable starters. We do not need another starter (unless we give up nothing…not likely) and I would not personally entertain giving up “the farm” for one at this point in the season.
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