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Dodgers ace Dustin May exits start after just one inning with apparent injury

The righty, who underwent Tommy John surgery back in 2021, had reduced velocity on his fastball and was seen heading into the clubhouse after getting through the top of the first against the Twins.

Dustin May of the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on May 12, 2023 in Los Angeles, California. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Chalk up yet another injury to a frontline starting pitcher this season. This time it’s Los Angeles Dodgers righty Dustin May, who made it through just one inning against the Minnesota Twins before being forced to leave due to injury.

After May’s fastball velocity was noticeably down in the top of the first, he was seen grabbing his stuff and heading back in to the clubhouse while L.A. was still batting in the bottom half. Per a team announcement, May’s dealing with pain in his throwing elbow, which sure doesn’t sound good:

It seems hard to believe that May won’t need at least a few weeks on the IL, which would be a big blow to a Dodgers team that has already dealt with plenty of injury-related upheaval in its rotation this year. May has been dominant so far in 2023, pitching to a 2.68 ERA and leading the NL in hits and home runs per nine innings while forming a fearsome top three with Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias.

The former top-50 prospect’s stuff has never been in question, but his health certainly has. May boasts a career 3.12 ERA in the Majors, but has also thrown just 190.2 innings over parts of five seasons since making his debut in 2019. He broke out during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, helping lead L.A. to a World Series title, and seemed primed for even bigger things in 2021 ... until a UCL tear forced him to undergo Tommy John surgery, keeping him out for over a year.

May was understandably rusty in his return to action late last season, but with a healthy offseason under his belt, he emerged this spring looking like his old self. We can only hope that he won’t have to go under the knife again, although obviously the Dodgers will need to run some tests before determining a course of action. With Ryan Pepiot and Michael Grove still nursing injuries of their own, L.A. could turn to top prospects Gavin Stone — who made one spot start earlier this season — or Bobby Miller to take May’s place in the rotation.