Dustin May, Dodgers starter and the team's clear winner of a hypothetical award recognizing best hair, might be a little cursed. In his five years with LA, he's never pitched more than 60 innings in a season (with the most work done, very ironically, in the COVID season) due to some pretty severe injuries. He underwent Tommy John for the first time in 2021, came back in August 2022, got hurt again in September, then came back in 2023 only to make nine starts before needing surgery again and missing out on the rest of the season.
Definitely cursed. The 2023 surgery took place in July, so some time has passed now, but there's still no telling when exactly he'll be back on the mound. However, May did take to Instagram to share a new clip of himself throwing at a Dodgers training complex with the caption "Day 1," marking the beginning of another rehab process that hopefully, this time, will stick for him.
Injury plagued Dodgers starter Dustin May shares first workout video after major surgery
May, Walker Buehler, and Tony Gonsolin's timelines for return from injury haven't been very clear, but May's especially has been muddled. Given how injury-prone he's been, it would make sense for the Dodgers to want to ease him back in very slowly without making any promises as to an exact landing date. It's hard to even speculate, because he underwent two separate procedures on a tendon in his right elbow and a Tommy John revision, which are still relatively uncommon procedures in MLB.
Before he got hurt in 2023, May pitched 48 innings, his most since 2020, and seemed to be returning to form with a 2.63 ERA after a down year (well, month) in 2022, when he pitched 30 innings for a career-worst ERA of 4.50. May has clearly shown flashes of greatness in his years with the Dodgers, but he just can't seem to stay healthy.
The workout clip is somewhat reassuring, though. The Dodgers settled on a $2.135 million deal with May to avoid arbitration this year, representing a raise of $460,000 that likely reflects the club's hopes for a return at some point in the later months of the season. May and the team should take their time on this one, though. Hopefully, this rehab will be different and better from the last cycle and will be able to actually keep him on the mound when he does come back.