Walker Buehler Returns to the Injured List

Walker Buehler Returns to the Injured List

Walker Buehler, a key pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, finds himself back on the injured list due to right hip inflammation. This setback is especially tough for Buehler, who missed most of 2022 and the entirety of 2023 following a second Tommy John surgery. Already battling to regain his former stellar form, this new injury comes as a significant blow.

From 2018 to 2021, Buehler was a cornerstone of the Dodgers' rotation. He proved his mettle with an impressive track record, winning 39 games with an ERA that never climbed above 3.44. However, 2024 has not been kind to him as he continues his comeback journey.

2024 Struggles After Comeback

Since his return on May 8, 2024, Buehler has struggled. His record stands at 1-4 with a 5.84 ERA over eight starts. His latest outing in Colorado further underscored his challenges. During the game, Buehler took a line drive off his hip but soldiered on, only to surrender seven runs on seven hits, including two home runs. This performance highlighted his ongoing issues.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts remarked that Buehler's hip had been sore for several starts. Roberts emphasized the need for Buehler to use his time on the injured list to regroup both physically and mentally. "I think he's still in search mode. So, as he's getting back to health, I think for the mind and some clarity, I think this will be a good thing," Roberts stated.

Bobby Miller Activated

In response to Buehler's placement on the injured list, the Dodgers activated Bobby Miller. Miller himself has been recovering from right shoulder inflammation and has not pitched since April 10. Now in his second major league season, Miller has shown promise, boasting a 1-1 record with a 5.40 ERA in three starts this year. His rookie year in 2023 was a strong one, and his return is timely for a Dodgers pitching staff plagued with injuries.

Miller’s activation adds much-needed depth to the rotation. His ability to step up in Buehler's absence will be crucial for the Dodgers as they navigate this challenging period.

Looking Forward

Despite recent struggles, Buehler's career statistics remain impressive. Over seven seasons, he has a 47-20 record and a 3.17 ERA. The Dodgers remain hopeful that with proper rest and rehabilitation, Buehler will return to top form. His resilience and dedication to the team's future are evident, and his commitment to doing whatever it takes to be valuable for the team at the end of the year is commendable. "It sucks to feel kind of invaluable, or like you're hampering your team," Buehler admitted. "And I'm going to do whatever I need to do to feel like I can help our team at the end of the year, and do everything in my power to be valuable enough to be on those rosters."

Injuries are an inevitable part of Major League Baseball, and the Dodgers have consistently demonstrated depth and flexibility in the face of such challenges. Bobby Miller stepping up to cover the loss of Buehler will be vital for the team’s success moving forward. All eyes will now be on Buehler's recovery and eventual return to the mound.

The Dodgers and their fans will be watching closely, hopeful that Buehler will again demonstrate the form that made him one of the most reliable pitchers in the league from 2018 to 2021. In the meantime, the team will rely on its depth and the resilience of players like Bobby Miller to overcome the challenges they face.