The Dodgers received some concerning news regarding the injury status of young starting pitcher Dustin May.
Los Angeles Dodgers fans witnessed a concerning sequence during Saturday’s game. Starting pitcher Dustin May threw a pitch and immediately left with what was described as an arm injury.
May hit the injured list Sunday and fans may have hoped it was nothing serious. Unfortunately, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi revealed the true extent of the injury.
Dustin May dealing with UCL damage in throwing elbow
A UCL injury is the worst-case scenario for any pitcher in baseball. Tommy John surgery is usually the outcome, unless the pain is manageable. However, May is only 23 years old so the team may want to just get this fixed as soon as possible.
Morosi’s tweet explains how the team is taking a day to think over all the options. Overall, this is incredibly frustrating after May posted a 2.74 ERA to begin the 2021 season. He looked like he belonged in the rotation and now he could be out until late in 2022 if he has Tommy John surgery.
The team may even decide to hold him out until 2023 if surgery is required.
But for now the team is weighing its options. May joins a long list of injured Dodgers pitchers and this blow may be the worst one of all.
The only silver lining is that, unfortunately, plenty of MLB pitchers are forced to undergo Tommy John surgery at some point in their career. Doing it early is hopefully a better long-term option for a player with so much potential.