Walker Buehler, Los Angeles Dodgers, has a bone spur removed from his elbow; rehab timeline the same

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers Walker Buehler, starting pitcher, underwent arthroscopic surgery Monday to remove a bone spur in his right elbow.

Buehler debated whether to remove the bone spur over three years. Finally, he decided to do so because the 10-to-12 week recovery time for that procedure is approximately the same as his recovery from the flexor strain.

A Saturday MRI showed that Buehler sustained a Grade 2-strain of one of his right flexor muscles. It was a serious injury that occurred during his Friday match against the Steelers. San Francisco Giants. Buehler (27 years old) won't be able to pick up a ball for six weeks. After that, he will be evaluated again to see if he is able to resume throwing. To get back into the Dodgers' starting lineup, it would take four to six more weeks.

If all goes as planned, Buehler could return between Aug. 22 – Sept. 5.

These types of conditions are not always easy to diagnose. Buehler, who suffered elbow injuries his senior and junior years of college, and had Tommy John surgery shortly before the Dodgers selected him 24th in 2015, is well-aware of this. Buehler responded Tuesday to a question about his confidence in returning for this season.

He said, “I've been through rehab before, obviously with Tommy John and came out of it really well. It's hoped that this time it will be the same. It's not an easy thing. These things can be unpredictable.

The Dodgers were tied at the top of the National League West with their rivals on Tuesday. San Diego PadresTheir much-anticipated 2022 season began with concerns about their rotation. This department is now very tight.

Tony GonsolinThe slugger, who started Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels With a 1.58 ERA Tyler AndersonThe revelations were made by a 3.07 ERA in 58 1/3 innings. Andrew HeaneyHe performed better than expected earlier in the season, having made Tuesday his likely last rehab start. Clayton Kershaw Recently returned from IL and Julio Urias Effective. However, all five pitchers have varying degrees of uncertainty due to track records or inexperience, injury, or peripherals. The Dodgers lack big league-ready depth.

Dave Roberts, Dodgers manager, stated that “when you lose your Ace there's going to have to be some slack taken up.”

Buehler was chosen as the Dodgers' Opening Day pitcher and started the season as the team's anchor starting rotation, even though Kershaw is in the Hall of Fame. Buehler, who has a 2.82 ERA in 564 inning from 2018-2021, has been one of the most dominant arms in the game. He also won big in some of Dodgers' most important postseason games.

Despite these uncharacteristic struggles, Buehler posted a 6.67 ERA for his six previous starts. Buehler slipped into bad mechanics in that stretch, which ultimately led to his injury.

Buehler stated that “At the conclusion of the day, I couldn't get mine body to move in the way I needed it. And that's on me.” I don't believe there is any correlation or causation. It's all part of the game. This is not my first year. This is not my first year here. I have dealt with it before and have been able bounce back from it. It is possible that some of my tinkering led to the results. I haven't had any problems with my arm since my Tommy John surgery, which was seven years ago. They say that your ligament should last eight years. This is the first time in seven that I have ever had any elbow problems. My ligament is healthy. It's now a matter getting it fixed and working on it. We'll hopefully be able help the team before year end.”

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