Dominant Dodgers Young Starter To Make Season Debut Saturday

For the first time in 15 months, Los Angeles Dodgers up-and-coming right-hander Dustin May is about to take the mound again in a major league game.

May had Tommy John surgery in May of 2021, after showing himself to be a legit rotation piece for the future in 2020. That year, the now-24-year-old started 10 games for the Dodgers, posting a 2.57 ERA with a 44:16 K:BB ratio. 

He stepped it up a notch in 2021, in five starts, with a 2.74 ERA while striking out an eye-popping 13.7 batters per nine innings. Unfortunately, that's when the elbow injury struck him down.

His rehab assignment over the past few weeks has featured a return to his dominant form, with a 1.71 ERA in 21 innings, while striking out an even more phenomenal 15.4 batters per nine. He will start Saturday for the Dodgers against the Miami Marlins. 

May's return is a welcome sight for L.A., who just learned on Monday that their ace Walker Buehler is having season-ending surgery next week. 

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