Walker Buehler to undergo second Tommy John surgery on right elbow

For Walker Buehler, the worst-case scenario seems to have come true.

According to a post he shared on Instagram Tuesday afternoon, the Dodgers pitcher announced he will have Tommy John surgery, a key development that will sideline the right-hander for most, if not all, of the 2023 season .

Buehler had been out since early June with a flexor tendon injury and was scheduled to undergo season-ending elbow surgery on Tuesday after suffering a setback in his rehabilitation earlier this month.

While the exact extent of Buehler’s injury was unclear — the results of a recent MRI weren’t clear enough to pinpoint the specific problem — there were concerns that one of the ligaments in Buehler’s elbow was damaged.

The procedure on Tuesday, which was carried out by the team doctor and renowned orthopedist Dr. Neal ElAttrache should be performed should pinpoint the problem.

Although manager Dave Roberts initially said he didn’t believe surgery on Tommy John was possible, Tuesday’s procedure apparently proved otherwise, marking the second time in his career that Buehler has had to rehab from surgery on Tommy John. He had his first when he was a prospect after being drafted by the Dodgers in the first round of the 2015 draft.

The team has yet to officially announce the news or provide a more specific timeline for Buehler’s return.

This is an evolving story. Check back for more details.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/dodgers/story/2022-08-23/dodgers-milwaukee-brewers-recap-walker-buehler-tommy-john-surgery Walker Buehler to undergo second Tommy John surgery on right elbow

Emma Bowman

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