By Earl Heath, Contributing Sports Writer
The Dodgers have been struggling the past couple of weeks at home and on the road. They also have had a series of injuries, but none bigger than Dustin “Hippe” May.
During the second inning against the Brewers after throwing a 94-mph fastball May grimaced then called for Dodger skipper Dave Robert’s and trainer Yosuke Nakajimi. The 23-year-old was removed from the game right then. He had only thrown 27 pitches.
The following day in Chicago the MRI revealed May would have to have season ending Tommy John Surgery. The steady May had 5 starts this season throwing 23 and 1/3 inning with 35 strikeouts and a 2.74 era. He had a 1-1 record.
The surgery will take place in Los Angeles on May 11. It will be done by Dr. Neal ElAttrache.
“You never want to lose a player for the season especially a player like Dustin who is taking the ball every fifth day and logging valuable innings,” said Roberts. “I feel for him most important but for our club it’s a big blow. We have a lot of talented players and we want to find a way to fill this void.”
In most cases teams take more time to make this type of decision. With the choice being made so quickly it must be a major-type tear.
“Obviously he’s a big part of our rotation and he was getting better everyday he took the mound,” said teammate Justin Turner. “That’s a significant loss for us.”
May joins the list of Dodger pitchers that are on the injured list including Tony Gonsolin, David Price (hamstring), and Brustar Grateral (forearm).
The Dodgers recently ended a three-game losing streak with a series finale 16-4 pounding of the Brewers.
Matt Beaty and AJ Pollack each hit grand slams in the in the first two innings. Pollack added three-run homer and had eight RBI’s on the day. Beaty finished the day with seven RBI’s. They became the first two Dodger teammates to have seven RBI’s in the same game.
Chris Taylor had three hits and a walk and became the first Dodger to score five runs in a game since Shawn green had six in Milwaukee in 2005.
Julio Urias had a showing going seven innings striking out 10. It was his second double-digit K game in the last three starts, while giving up only one run throwing 90 pitches.
Having played 11 games in 11 days it was a rough patch that had the team lose 8 of 10 game including three in a row.
Let’s hope that big outburst turns things around.