Dodgers: Dustin May leaves game with scary-looking arm injury

Thomas Carannante
May 1, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dustin May (85) leaves the game against the Milwaukee Brewers after an injury in the second inning at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
May 1, 2021; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Dustin May (85) leaves the game against the Milwaukee Brewers after an injury in the second inning at American Family Field. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports /
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Not good.

Not good at all.

The Los Angeles Dodgers seemingly cannot catch a break.

They’ve already placed seven players on the injured list and the number is likely to grow after Saturday.

Dustin May, who started against the Milwaukee Brewers this afternoon, left the game in the second inning after suffering an apparent arm injury.

In fact, it looked quite scary, just based on what we’ve seen over the years.

That fastball was 94 MPH. May was hitting triple digits before this happened. He was promptly removed and walked off the mound with the Dodgers’ training staff. He only lasted 1.1 innings and 27 total pitches, allowing one earned run on a Luis Urias homer while striking out three.

Now, the Dodgers are playing the waiting game. May will surely be undergoing tests to determine the severity of the ailment. Everyone should be expecting the worst, but hoping for the best.

Thankfully, LA has the depth to cope in the meantime, but if these injuries continue to mount, it could turn into a situation that’s unsalvageable.

Joe Kelly has been on the IL all year and Corey Knebel, David Price and Brusdar Graterol just joined him, which has thinned out the bullpen. May, who was previously used as a bullpen piece, earned a spot in the rotation this year, and figured to provide top-notch depth behind Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, Trevor Bauer and Julio Urias.

The most frustrating part is that May was pitching well. Through his first four starts, the right-hander owned a 2.53 ERA, 0.94 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 21.1 innings of work. His last outing was his best yet too, which featured six innings of one-run ball and 10 strikeouts against the Padres.

Either way, it’s going to be a setback for the 23-year-old. Fans are just hoping it’s not a detrimental one because it’s been such a pleasure to watch him develop.

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