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Dodgers: Dustin May Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery, Out For the Season

Bad bad news out of the Dodgers camp today.



The bad news that Dodgers fans have been waiting on has finally come. The team announced today that Dustin May will need to undergo Tommy John surgery in order to reconstruct his ulnar collateral ligament. 

The news comes just a few hours after it was announced that May had damage to his UCL. The Dodgers were waiting until the team got to Chicago in order to take an MRI of the damage. The expectation was that they would make a decision within 24 hours. They did. 

The surgery timetable is different for every pitcher depending on health and generally age. But 12-18 months is the general timeframe for pitchers to get back to work. That would likely mean that May will not be ready to go for the first part of the Dodgers 2022 season. 

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I feel for him most important. But for our ball club, it’s a big blow. We’ve got a lot of talented players and we’ve just got to find a way to fill that void. -Dave Roberts

Again, a lot can happen in the recovery period. But the Dodgers are taking a massive blow by losing May in 2021. He was dealing in his age 23 season and appeared on track to be the best number 5 starter in all of MLB. 

For the moment, it’s unclear what direction the Dodgers will go with their fifth starter option. Dave Roberts already said the team would like to stay away from Josiah Gray, but the news of losing May for the season could change that. 

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Written by Brook Smith

Brook is the Senior Editor of Dodgers Nation, with several years of experience in sports journalism. He is an avid Dodgers and Lakers fan, and can be spotted fairly often at Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

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  1. May going down for the year and beyond, together with what’s become a full house Dodger MASH UNIT, and ya can understand why it’s difficult to repeat as WS Champs. Too many other problems as well which will mean there will be no repeat WS Champ this year and probably for quite some time after.

  2. Matt Beaty has 7 RBI’s including a grand slam, 4 hits and he’s not in lineup today but Muncy still bats clean up and one can wonder why I often times think Roberts is an inept manager.

    • I like pushing Muncy up to the 2 spot, where his walks can converted to runs. Seager in the 4 or 5 spot to knock them in.

      • Muncy in my opinion is a drag on the line-up. The 4 spot should go to Turner and can’t run either. We need the muscle. I like Taylor in the third, second then Corey and #1 Betts. My 5th spot goes to Smith. Pollock number 6 and Beatty the 7th. 8th Muncy 9Pitcher and maybe no to Muncy 8th. We need a guy to go long ball.in the 8 spot

  3. I am still predicting the Dodgers to win it all again. Tough break for May, but we still have 3 front line starters, and Urias is pitching about as well as they are. The five spot will be fluid. But hopefully Gonsolin can back into form. The bats will wake up. The injured guys will mostly return. Call me a homer or biased, but this team can still get it done.

    • I agree – Dodgers are still the team to beat, once they get everyone back healthy, including Betts. Team has not been the same since Zach went down

  4. Well, Big Paul aka Mr Competent why don’t we just give the reins over to you. I’ll bet by gum by golly that you’ll do a smashing ‘fine’ job…

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