Report: Star set to join Dodgers next week

Walker Buehler is ready to return to the Dodgers’ rotation next week.
Buehler’s final rehab start was successful on Tuesday, and he’s expected to throw against Miami on Monday, his first MLB game since June 2022.

On Wednesday, the Dodgers sent right-hander Landon Knack back to Triple-A Oklahoma City, clearing the door for Walker Buehler to return to their starting rotation next week. Following right-hander Bobby Miller’s injury, Knack went 1-1 with a 2.81 ERA in three starts.

Buehler made his final rehab start for OKC on Tuesday, going five innings for the first time in six outings, and will start for the Dodgers on Monday against the Miami Marlins.

“We’re excited about it. “Everything checked out,” Roberts said, calling Buehler’s last rehab start “his best.”

Buehler has not pitched in a major league game since June 2022, when he underwent a second Tommy John surgery and flexor tendon repair. However, the Dodgers are confident that the Buehler who returns to their rotation will be the same aggressive, power-pitching version who once led it.

“I believe he will still be Walker,” Roberts remarked. “He’s going to attack. But I believe there is an offensive component to his entire repertoire. I believe Walker has more weapons than in previous years, which were heavy fastballs and cutters. And I guess that is my hope.

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