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Dodgers’ Yoshinobu Yamamoto Finally Taking First Steps in Recovery

The return of Dodgers ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto is creeping up. Dodger manager Dave Roberts said on Thursday that Yamamoto has been working with plyo ball and could resume throwing by “late next week” if all goes well.

Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic shared via Twitter/X.

The 25-year-old ace has been making progress in his rehab. Yamamoto was described as pain-free earlier this week, and although he is progressing tremendously, the Dodgers will not put him out on the mound until late July/early Aug.

Yamamoto was diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain after only being able to pitch two innings on June 15 against the Kansas City Royals. His velocity was down significantly and it was a cause for concern.

Luckily, the Dodgers appeared to catch it on time and were placed on the 15-day IL a few days later. Although his presence has been missed dearly, the organization will not rush him back and will be extremely cautious with the Japanese sensation.

Yamamoto was not just brought here to sell tickets and win some games in the regular season but to help L.A. reach the pinnacle multiple times. The right-handed pitcher was just finding his groove in the big leagues. Over his last seven games, Yamamoto recorded a 3-1 record with a 2.93 ERA, 42 strikeouts, and a 1.05 WHIP in 40 innings.

The hope is that Yamamoto will be back as good as new and will pick right back up where he left off. As soon as he is back and healthy for the Dodgers, his gear-up for the postseason will start.

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Ricardo Sandoval

I write about sports. Staff writer at Dodgers Nation, LA Sports Report network of sites, and Newsweek. I’m also lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan.

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