Out of everything that happened during the 2021 season for the Dodgers, watching Dustin May go down probably hurt most. Given his first chance at a full-time starting job, May came out of Spring Training looking very good.
Unfortunately, he started just 5 games before going down with an injury in Milwaukee. The Dodgers flamethrower had to undergo Tommy John surgery and was lost for the season. But recent video of him starting to throw offered a lot of hope to fans for next year.
In a recent update from Andrew Friedman (via the LA Times), he revealed that there has been good progress. The hope is that he will be on track to make big contributions in the second half for the Dodgers in 2022.
Everything to this point has been incredibly positive. I think he is going to impact us at some point in the second half. And if we’re fortunate enough to get into October, I think he’ll be a real weapon for us.
If May does end up contributing during the 2022 season, chances are that it will not be in a starting role. The recovery process from Tommy John is extremely long and difficult, and the team will likey want to ease him back into things.
That being said, getting someone like Dustin May into the bullpen for an October run could be huge for the Dodgers next year. The future is bright for that kid.