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Walker Buehler leaves start with right elbow discomfort

Walker Buehler leaves start with right elbow discomfort

SAN FRANCISCO — In just about every way, the Dodgers got outplayed by the Giants during the 7-2 loss on Friday night at Oracle Park. But even after Chris Taylor struck out to end the game, the loss to their division rivals wasn’t front of mind for Los Angeles. 

All the attention after the game was on Walker Buehler, who exited his start with right elbow discomfort after throwing just 70 pitches over four innings. Neither Buehler nor manager Dave Roberts wanted to speculate on the severity of the injury until the right-hander undergoes further testing on Saturday. But both acknowledged that there’s always a high level of concern when talking about an elbow injury.

“I’ve had Tommy John surgery, so I think [the level of concern] is a little bit heightened,” Buehler said. “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 this 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.”

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

He said he has dealt with occasional discomfort in his right elbow over the years, and on Friday first noticed something was bothering him after throwing a breaking ball in the third inning. He got through that frame and came back out and completed the fourth. But after showing noticeable discomfort, the Dodgers and Buehler elected to end his start before the injury worsened.

“Certain discomforts you can manage through, where this one tonight, clearly he felt that any more could potentially be damaging,” said Roberts. “I think that’s more — you have to default to, certainly, a player with Walker’s intelligence and knowing his body.”

Before Buehler’s injury forced him to come out of the game, he said he was starting to find a better…

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