Dodgers’ Dustin could miss at least a month with elbow injury

LOS ANGELES–Less than a year after returning from Tommy John surgery, Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dustin May is back on the disabled list with a sore right elbow.

Manager Dave Roberts said May suffered a flexor-pronator strain after Wednesday’s 7-3 win over the Minnesota Twins and will be out for at least a month, but more speculation. avoided.

A source told ESPN’s Alden Gonzalez that May’s ulnar collateral ligament is intact, which is appropriate given that the right-handed pitcher will return from elbow reconstruction surgery in May 2021. It is said that

May finished the game Wednesday after pitching just one inning. He allowed one hit and struck out two.

“It’s been tough for Dustin. It’s what he’s had to go through,” Roberts said. “He’s been throwing good baseball this year and he’s been feeling good. Now that he’s going through this speed bump, I know he’s disappointed.”

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Roberts said he noticed early on that May was slowing down and moving his hands in a way that indicated something was wrong. May’s sinker and fastball average speed dropped two to three miles per hour over the first eight pitches.

“He felt it was a normal pain that any starting pitcher goes through, but it definitely felt good enough to start,” Roberts said. “He stayed there, trying to lobby him to finish what he started, but we had to do what was best for him.”

May, 25, is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA. 173 against his opponent May, the second-lowest in the National League and the sixth-lowest in the majors.

Known for her long, flowing red hair, May returned from reconstructive elbow surgery late last season and went 2-3 with a 4.50 ERA in six starts.

Dylan Covey, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City before the game, joined in May. Covey allowed two runs in the fifth inning (both home runs).

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Covey could be a candidate to take over May’s rotation. The Dodgers are 28-16 and lead the NL West. Their starting staff ranks fourth in the National League with a 3.77 ERA.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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