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Dodgers place Walker Buehler on Injured List

Dodgers place Walker Buehler on Injured List

SAN FRANCISCO – The Dodgers placed right-hander Walker Buehler on the 15-day injured list with a right forearm strain, a day after he experienced constant discomfort in his right elbow and exited after four innings vs. the Giants.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Buehler traveled back to Los Angeles on Saturday and is undergoing an MRI, which will help determine the severity of his injury. But while Roberts didn’t want to speculate on just how much time Buehler will miss, he did say that he expects the team’s ace to miss “a good bit of time.”

“The first step is to get the information and figure out where we go,” Roberts said. “We, a lot of times, take the conservative approach to get a player back, especially Walker. But again, I don’t know what that means and I’m hesitant to say right now on record.”

Buehler began to experience the discomfort after throwing a breaking ball in the third inning. He was able to finish the frame and came back out for the fourth. But after seeing occasional grimaces, the team decided to cut Buehler’s outing short to try and prevent further damage.

Two months after being drafted out of Vanderbilt by the Dodgers with the 24th pick in the 2015 Draft, Buehler underwent Tommy John surgery.

“I’ve had Tommy John surgery, so I think [the level of concern] is a little bit heightened,” Buehler said Friday. “It is what it is. That happens in this game. A lot of guys in this clubhouse have dealt with stuff with their elbows. It’s part of the game. I have all the faith in our medical staff and whatnot. But before we kind of dive into that, we need to know what we’re dealing with.”

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