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The Los Angeles Dodgers’ pursuit of a second World Series title in three years took a major hit on Monday.
The team announced that Walker Buehler will have season-ending elbow surgery. On August 23 Dr. Neill L’Atrache will perform the procedure.
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The 28-year-old right-handed pitcher appeared in 12 games this season but was ruled out of his All-Star season in 2021. He was 6-3 in those dozen starts with a 4.02 ERA and 58 strikeouts. Additionally, Buehler had a WAR of 0.4 — among the lowest of his career — to go along with a 4.15 RA/9.
His last start was on June 10 against the San Francisco Giants. He allowed three runs on four hits in four innings with six strikeouts.
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The Dodgers were riding a 12-game winning streak before losing to the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.
Los Angeles’ rotation now includes Julio Urias, Ryan Pepiot, Tony Gonsolin, Andrew Heaney and Tyler Anderson. Dustin May will reportedly start on August 20. The Dodgers are missing Clayton Kershaw, who was on the injured list earlier this month.
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Entering Monday, the Dodgers had the best record in baseball at 79-34. The team completely controls the National League West Division. If he holds on, it will be his ninth division title in 10 years.