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Saturday, June 11, 2022

Walker Buehler leaves start with right elbow discomfort

He hasn’t looked good in a while. This doesn’t sound good.

All the attention after the game was on Walker Buehler, who exited his start with right elbow discomfort after throwing just 70 pitches over four innings. Neither Buehler nor manager Dave Roberts wanted to speculate on the severity of the injury until the right-hander undergoes further testing on Saturday. But both acknowledged that there’s always a high level of concern when talking about an elbow injury.

“I’ve had Tommy John surgery, so I think [the level of concern] is a little bit heightened,” Buehler said. “It is what it is. That happens in this game. A lot of guys in this clubhouse have dealt with stuff with their elbows. It’s part of this game. I have all the faith in our medical staff and whatnot. But before we kind of dive into that, we need to know what we’re dealing with.”

jimfurtado Posted: June 11, 2022 at 10:40 AM | 1 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Walt Davis Posted: June 11, 2022 at 04:40 PM (#6081281)
This stinks.

Oof! He's in year 2 of an odd mini-buyout of his first 2 (of 4) arb years for $8 M. So he'll be OK for the rest of his life but, if he goes under the knife, his whole financial (and career) trajectory has been thrown way off course. He'd miss most if not all of next year meaning the Dodgers would likely non-tender him. (They could get him for about $3.5 M in arb and they're the Dodgers, maybe that's cheap enough for them to keep him around.) Then somebody, maybe the Dodgers, may sign him for $1-2 M for his rehab year to secure his rights for 2024 in case the rehab goes well. If he's non-tendered but not signed by anybody, I assume the Dodgers are still on the hook for the cost of the rehab but I don't think the service time clock would move and he'd have two years before FA but he'd be free to sign with anybody.

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