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Walker Buehler News: All-Star Pitcher Gives an Update on his Tommy John Recovery

The Dodger injuries at the pitcher’s spot were evident. Many guys missed an extensive period, and some never pitched in 2022 again. One of those guys is a two-time All-Star, Walker Buehler; Buehler last pitched on June 10 in San Francisco, and days before that, he underwent an operation to have bone chips removed from his throwing elbow.

The bad news got worse in late August; we discovered that Walker would miss the remainder of the 2022 season and maybe all of the 2023 season to a Tommy John injury.

MLB insider Russell Dorsey sat with Walker and provided an update on his Tommy John surgery.

“Things are good. We’re almost three months into the rehab now, something I’ve done before and going through it again now is a little different being older and having played in the big leagues now. The first one was more uncertainty if I’m ever going to make it, am I ever going to play and this one is trying to get back to who I can be, so it’s going good so far.”

The timeline to return from TJ surgery is roughly 14-16 months. This is the second time in Buehler’s career that he’s had Tommy John surgery; the first time was after being drafted by the Dodgers in the 2015 draft.

If all goes well, he can be back by the 2024 spring training, which will be his final season before entering free agency.

It’s good to know that Walker is feeling good and seems in good spirits in his interview with Dorsey.

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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