In a surprising turn of events, Los Angeles Dodgers’ star pitcher, Walker Buehler, has announced that he will not be making an appearance in the 2023 season. This decision, coming after months of speculation about his potential return just in time for the postseason, is rooted in Buehler’s need for a full recovery following his second Tommy John surgery.
The news has left many Dodgers fans disappointed, especially those who had hoped to see Buehler take the mound in October. With Buehler’s steady progression in his recovery, his absence came as a shock to the baseball community.
Adding to the uncertainty, the Dodgers may also face the potential end of Julio Urias’ career after an alleged domestic violence incident, leaving the team with a shortage of experienced playoff starters. However, despite these setbacks, there is a consensus among many that giving Buehler the time he needs to fully heal is a wise decision.
This update from Buehler and the Dodgers was met with mixed emotions. While some feared that the decision to hold off on bringing Buehler back would shatter the team’s postseason aspirations, it’s worth noting that the Dodgers have maintained an impressive 26-9 record since August 1.
Though Buehler won’t be taking the mound in 2023, Dodgers fans can take solace in the expectation that he will likely return to the field in 2024. This decision, while disappointing for many, underscores the team’s commitment to the long-term health and success of their star pitcher.
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