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.
#Dodgers announce Dustin May will undergo right elbow UCL reconstruction surgery on May 11.
— Juan Toribio (@juanctoribio) May 3, 2021
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.