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Dodgers All-Star Embarking on Another Rehab Assignment

The Los Angeles Dodgers have been on a roll after a rough start to the season. The club is picking up the pace with their performance as they remain at the top of the NL West. One of the primary reasons for the team’s struggle has been their pitching. Despite adding Tyler Glasnow and Yoshinobu Yamamoto in the offseason, the pitching staff has not progressed in the right direction. On the other hand, the franchise has been missing out on top pitchers. With Clayton Kershaw still sidelined from offseason surgery, the Dodgers expected Walker Buehler to return. However, the two-time All-Star’s debut is still a ways off. Buehler will take on Oklahoma City as part of his rehab assignment.

Walker Buehler’s Rehab Assignment Continues

Buehler will need to improve to get back into the majors. Buehler’s last assignment with Oklahoma City was a struggle. The Dodgers are concerned about getting him on board since he failed to last more than three innings against a Triple-A team.

Dave Roberts Weighs In on Buehler’s Progress

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has kept an eye on Buehler’s situation and feels time will help him progress. Roberts stated that Buehler has been on and off with his performance. He has seen improvement in Buehler’s performance, but his curveball has been slightly off.

While Roberts appreciated the pitcher’s improvement, he felt Buehler needed more pitching practice. Buehler will make his fifth rehab start and hope to pick up the pace. The Dodgers are keen on bringing back Buehler, as they could use some extra firepower in their starting rotation.

Buehler has also struggled with minor injuries during his rehab stint.  In his Single-A assignment against Rancho Cucamonga, Buehler was hit in the right hand and was forced to leave the field after pitching only two innings. It’s been a hard journey for the Dodgers star, but a strong comeback would certainly help the team.


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