2-time Dodgers All-Star P Walker Buehler to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JUNE 4: Walker Buehler #21 of the Los Angeles Dodgers delivers a pitch during the first inning against the New York Mets at Dodger Stadium on June 4, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. The New York Mets won 9-4. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Walker Buehler is scheduled to undergo season-ending elbow surgery on Aug. 23.
The Dodgers announced this on Monday. High-profile sports surgeon and Dodgers doctor Dr. Neal ElAttrache will conduct the procedure.
The Dodgers had hoped the two-time All-Star could return to the rotation before the end of the regular season after a right elbow strain sidelined him in June. The end of his season marks a hard blow as they seek their second World Series title in three years.
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The Dodgers closed Buehler on June 11 after an MRI revealed a Grade 2 flexion strain. The original plan, which did not involve surgery, called for Buehler to rest and rehab the injury without picking up a baseball for 6-8 weeks. He opted for surgery on June 14 to remove bone spurs from the injured elbow. Now he needs another surgery and his season is over. The Dodgers did not provide any prognosis or timeline for his return.
Buehler, 28, fielded his second All-Star team last season and finished fourth in the NL Cy Young voting after averaging a 2.47 ERA, .968 WHIP and 16-4 while scoring 212 strikeouts and recorded 52 walks in 207.2 innings. Before his hiatus, Buehler saw his performance dip in 2022 with a career-worst 4.02 ERA and 1.292 WHIP. Previously, Buehler had never posted an ERA above a 3.44 in five seasons in the Dodgers rotation -- and that's in just 36.2 innings of the COVID-19-shortened 2020 campaign.
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