As promised, the Dodgers waited until they got to Chicago to get an MRI done on Dustin May. And as expected, the news isn’t great for the hard-throwing right hander.
Just a few days after exiting his start with pain in his arm, the Dodgers found damage to May’s UCL. The latest update came from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi who said the team is looking at how to proceed with the damage.
Generally speaking, damage to a pitcher’s ulnar collateral ligament results in Tommy John surgery. That would mean the Dodgers wouldn’t have Dustin May until sometime next year. If that’s the route they choose to go, it would be a huge blow to the starting rotation.
May had been incredible in the first few starts of the season for the Dodgers. Anchoring the back end of the rotation, May had tallied 35 punchouts in 23 innings before hitting the injured list. His curveball usage was also way up this year, something the experts predict might have played a role in the injury.
Pitchers in the past have opted to go alternative routes for UCL damage, but few end up working out. The Dodgers are more likely to play it the safe route and take the long game with May. Opting for surgery now would prevent further issues down the road.
It’s a bummer, but the hope is just that D-May can get healthy now.