Dodgers Suffer Terrible Blow As Starter To Have Season Ending Surgery

The Los Angeles Dodgers' playoff hopes took a huge hit today, as they announced that ace Walker Buehler will be undergoing season-ending elbow surgery. 

The procedure will take place next week. 

Buehler has been out since June 10 with a Grade 2 flexor strain in his right elbow, and the Dodgers had been super cautious in his recovery. He was set to begin throwing off a mound next week, with the goal of being ready in time for the postseason. 

In fact, it was only a day ago that president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman was noted as saying “Each day it’s been better. We’re kind of monitoring that progress on a daily basis... To the extent that it continues to improve day over day over day, and as we get into a throwing progression, if the box keeps getting checked, then I feel like he can progress to a point of being a real weapon for us in September and building up into October."

Those hopes now, are dashed. 

The two-time All-Star led the majors last season with 33 starts, and posted a sparkling 2.47 ERA while going 16-4 for the Dodgers.

Buehler's status for spring training 2023 is, as yet, unknown. 

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