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Dustin May Provides Huge Update; Will He Return to Dodgers This Season?

Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Dustin May has started throwing off a mound at the Dodgers’ facility in Arizona. The 26-year-old posted videos of him throwing off the mound and looking good doing so.

May posted the videos via his personal Twitter/X.

The Texas native has only pitched in 46 career games across five seasons. He’s missed a lot of time due to injuries he’s suffered in his pro career, and his latest is a right elbow injury. In July 2023, he underwent surgery to repair his flexor tendon.

Although it’s a great sign that he is back on the mound, it will take at least a few more months for May to return to the Dodgers. The possibility of May returning at some point in 2024 is still very much alive. If all goes well in his rehab, he could return sometime after the All-Star break.

The right-hander will progressively increase his workload before he throws live batting practice and then go on an extensive minor league rehab assignment. The Dodgers will be cautious regarding the former 2016 third-round draft pick, as this injury is just one of the many he’s already had to recover from in his brief career

Year after year, it’s been something for the redhead, whether it’s a foot injury, elbow injury, back injury, forearm injury, or another elbow injury, which is the one he’s currently rehabbing from. In his five-year career in Los Angeles, May has a 12-9 record, 3.10 ERA, 174 strikeouts, 138 ERA+, 3.76 FIP, and a 1.04 WHIP in 191.2 innings and 34 starts.

When healthy, May has arguably the nastiest stuff in the league. His pitch mix includes a sinker (97 mph), a four-seam fastball (98 mph), a slider (87 mph), and a cutter (93 mph). The only question now is: Will he be able to stay healthy?

The Dodgers will be very careful with the right-handed flamethrower as they hope to make that question a resounding ‘yes’ for the rest of his career.

Photo Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

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Ricardo Sandoval

Born and Raised in the East side of Los Angeles. Ricardo is a staff writer at Dodgers Nation and on the LA Sports Report network of sites. He's also a lifelong Dodgers and Lakers fan. Ricardo is an alumnus of CSUN (Go Matadors).

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