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Dodgers’ Dustin May to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

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LOS ANGELES ― Dustin May will undergo surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right elbow, the Dodgers announced, dashing any hopes of him rejoining the starting rotation in the second half. Dr. Neal ElAttrache will perform the season-ending procedure on July 18.

May, 25, went 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA in nine starts this season. In parts of four seasons with the Dodgers, May is 12-9 with a 3.10 ERA with 174 strikeouts in 191 ⅔ innings.

The Dodgers were already planning on an extended absence from May, who was among the team’s better pitchers before he suffered the injury on May 17. Losing May for the season only increases the likelihood that the Dodgers will bid aggressively to acquire a starting pitcher before the Aug. 1 trade deadline.

The team’s rotation currently consists of three rookies ― Bobby Miller, Emmet Sheehan and Michael Grove ― along with Julio Urías and Tony Gonsolin. Clayton Kershaw is expected to return shortly after the All-Star break from a sore shoulder.

May had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in May 2021. He returned late last season to make six regular season starts, but did not pitch in the postseason.

The Dodgers did not announce a timetable for May to return from this surgery.

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