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Dodgers: Dustin May Update, When Will We See Him Back?



Before injuring his ulnar collateral ligament and having to undergo Tommy John surgery that effectively ended his 2021 season and likely will keep him out for a significant part of the 2022 season, Dustin May was emerging as one of the game’s top young pitchers.

In five starts last season, May posted a 2.74 ERA with 35 strikeouts in 23 innings pitched and saw his strikeout rate jump from 19.6% in 2020 to 37.6% in 2021, while also slightly reducing his walk rate. ‘Code Red’ already possessed one of the filthiest two-seam fastballs in the sport, but his increased use of his four-seamer to go along with an improved curveball and cutter helped him generate more swing and miss than ever.

We break down Dustin May’s short, but impressive 2021 season and tell you when you can expect to see him back on the mound next year. Next, Dustin May posted a video of him throwing for the first time since having Tommy John surgery back in early May. We discuss the possibility of May being ahead of schedule and how big of an impact he could have for the Dodgers next year. Plus, will Dustin May be selected two or more All-Star teams in his career?

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Written by Doug McKain

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  1. Think positive. With this kind of stuff, the over/under should be Cy Young awards.

    Over/under All Star = Over 5

    Over/under CY = Over 2

    As a former pitcher, I’m rooting for his health.

    His stuff rivals Jacob de Grom, who has undergone 2 TJ surgeries and THEN won 2 CY awards back to back, and headed to #3 when his elbow cratered again.

    Such is life as a pitcher. I empathize, as 2 torn shoulder muscles ended my career, as it does to thousands of young pitchers every year. But May has the best doctors in the world and an organization that knows pitching… he’s going to make it back, better than ever, and spearhead the Dodgers World Series run next year.

  2. Let’s hope for a repeat of his April 2021 stats in September 2022 and then again for another 12 years. His April 2021 stats, if projected for the entire 2021 year, would have been Cy Young Award worthy. He appeared to have the best combination of speed, spin, ball movement, strike out percentage, in baseball in April 2021. Maybe he can even learn one more pitch.

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