Dodgers starter Dustin May comes out against Twins with right elbow pain: How it could affect LA’s rotation

Dodgers starter Dustin May left Wednesday’s game against the Twins after the first inning with right elbow pain, the team announced. Here’s what you need to know:

May’s speed was down in the first moto, peaking at 95.8 mph. He was replaced on the mound by Dylan Covey.

Between innings, May met with Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts and pitching coach Mark Prior. He then went into the tunnel.

It’s the same elbow May had surgery at Tommy John in May 2021.

May is 4-1 this season with a 2.68 ERA and 32 strikeouts.

The Athletic’s instant analysis:

What blow does this deal to the Dodgers’ rotation?

It’s huge if May has to miss an important moment. The right-hander had become his own this spring, taking advantage of his first normal offseason in years to look like a true front of the rotation starter. He had revamped his arsenal, changing the shape of some of his breakout locations and altering his use of terrain, and finding some striking results. He looked like the arm he was promised he would be when he appeared as a fireball thrower prospect.

But now, just 15 starts after returning from Tommy John surgery in 2021, he peaked at just 95.8 mph and left his start early with pain in his right elbow, exiting the tunnel after the first run after a brief discussion with Roberts and Prior.

The Dodgers rotation needed him.

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