The Los Angeles Dodgers might very well be the best team in Major League Baseball this season but losing right-hander Walker Buehler for the rest of the season and post-season is certainly going to impact their chances of winning the 2022 World Series.
Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery on August 23 performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 15, 2022
The two-time All-Star, who finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting last season, hasn’t pitched for Los Angeles since June 10. They were hopeful that he could return for the end of the season and, more importantly, the postseason. The 28-year-old appeared in 12 games this year, finishing with a 4/02 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 65 innings.
Buehler had been aiming for a late September return after the Dodgers initially diagnosed him with a grade 2 right flexor tendon strain. However, that clearly changed at some point and now his season is done.
The NL West-leading Dodgers will have to move forward as-is as they attempt to stave off the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, and others for the top seed in the National League. They also have to compete against the San Diego Padres, who revamped their lineup with a series of trades recently.
While we wait to see just how much the Dodgers miss Buehler when it matters most, the news certainly created some strong reactions around the MLB world.
Dang, this sucks https://t.co/M3HjmLNHEK
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) August 15, 2022
— Steve Mason (@VeniceMase) August 15, 2022
How wild is it that they're the best team in baseball even after losing the pitcher who won 16 games and finished 4th in Cy Young voting last season https://t.co/6wVCy0CwNt
— Greg Beacham (@gregbeacham) August 15, 2022
The Dodgers were hoping Buehler could return in September in some capacity. Now they must wait on their ace until 2023. https://t.co/XIzLRwOAdI
— J.P. Hoornstra (@jphoornstra) August 15, 2022
I still love the entire Dodgers lineup but man that rotation gets bleak quickly. https://t.co/h31R58JSiK
— Kate Feldman (@kateefeldman) August 15, 2022
Well, that's bad. https://t.co/wtQSRrXokR
— Chris Towers Is In Training Camp (@CTowersCBS) August 15, 2022