It was another start to forget for Walker Buehler on Friday night, something the Dodgers have unfortunately become accustomed to lately. The hard-throwing righty came out and got roughed up for 3 earned runs over 4 innings of work in a bad loss to the Giants. But that wasn’t the worst part.
Buehler exited the game after 4 innings and just 70 pitches. The Dodgers would later announce that he left the game early with discomfort in his throwing elbow. The pain/issue first came in the 3rd inning after he threw a breaking ball, as pointed out by Buehler himself.
After the disappointing loss, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts didn’t seem very optimistic. And given that Buehler had Tommy John surgery before his big league career even got started, there is certainly reason for concern.
“I’m trying not to get too out ahead of myself. But anytime when you’re talking about the elbow, you’re talking about a guy like Walker who can’t finish his start because of discomfort, it’s certainly concerning.”
If Buehler does have to miss any time, the Dodgers will once again be without a full rotation. They are getting Clayton Kershaw back on Saturday, but losing Walker would be a big hit to the starting rotation, even with as poor as he has pitched lately.
Over his last 6 starts, he has been hit for 21 earned runs across 28.1 innings of work. So if the arm issue has been lingering for a while, it would make sense that the Dodgers hurler has been struggling as badly as he has.