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Los Angeles Dodgers right-handed pitcher Walker Buehler will remain sidelined for the remainder of the 2022 season. The two-time All-Star is scheduled to undergo season-ending elbow surgery on Aug. 23 — led by Head Dodgers Team Physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache, according to the Los Angeles Times‘ Jack Harris.
Since suffering a Grade 2 flexor strain to his pitching elbow in May, Buehler has been shut down and on a throwing program with the Dodgers for the last month. In 65 innings pitched this season, Buehler has posted a 4.02 ERA and 21.2 percent strikeout rate (a career low).
Optimistic projections of a return by Buehler landed around late September, or on the cusp of the postseason.
The humming LA Dodgers (79-34) anticipated what their dominant 2022 run would look like once their starter returned to the mound, but now they’ll have to go on without Buehler.
In 2021, Buehler received the fourth-most votes in National League Cy Young voting.
Stay tuned with OutKick as the story develops.