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Walker Buehler Provides Huge Positive Update After First Live BP in Dodgers Camp

Days after Los Angeles Dodgers pitching coach Mark Prior opened up about Walker Buehler’s rehab, the rehabbing pitcher took the mound for his first live batting practice session.

Buehler told reporters after the session that he threw 28 pitches on Tuesday — including a 15 pitch at-bat to Miguel Vargas — and his fastball sat around 94-95 mph.

Before Tuesday, Buehler’s fastball was sitting closer to 92 mph in bullpen sessions.

Seeing these results from Buehler is promising especially after manager Dave Roberts provided an update on Sunday saying that the former ace was working through his delivery.

“The most important thing is that the teeth of the baseball is good. And the life of the baseball coming out is good as well. Walker is a guy that has really good feel for his body, body awareness, where his hand is supposed to be. He’s just not repeating it, and getting the feels that he feels like he needs to have.”

Dave Roberts, via OC Register

Buehler hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since June 2022. He tried to return last season but was shutdown after one rehab start in Triple-A.

He is expected to return to the Dodgers early this season, hopefully by May.

Photo Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

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Maren Angus

Maren Angus-Coombs was born in Los Angeles and raised in Nashville, Tenn. She is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State University and has been a sports writer since 2008. Despite being raised in the South, her sports obsession has always been in Los Angeles. She is currently a staff writer for Dodgers Nation and the LA Sports Report Network.

One Comment

  1. From appearances, my first look at Yamamoto was one that acknowledges the guy is a good pitcher, but the Dodger Hype machine is really overdoing it. He throws a few innings and gives up one hit and everyone cremes themselves. Please, its the first time hitters have seen him, so why not reserve judgement until after the league has seen him a few times? If he’s still mowing guys down then, I’m sold. Until then, I see a lot of good pitchers out there on other teams. I’m not buying into the hype. Not disregarding Yamamoto either. The man is probably a very solid pitcher. Hope he’s still solid after the competition has seen him a few times.

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