On Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers announced Dustin May will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow and be sidelined until the second half of the 2022 season. That was terrible news for the franchise as it was positioning May to be a future front-of-the-rotation guy. But the Dodgers aren't alone in their tale of woe. Pitchers all across Major League Baseball are winding up in the injured list at an alarming rate to start the season.
ESPN reporter Alden Gonzalez posted the following stat about pitching injuries in the first month of the 2021 season:
So there were more injuries to pitchers this April than in April 2018 and April 2019 combined. That's insane, but not shocking if you consider the crazy last 14 months baseball players have experienced.
While we can't simply blame this year's injuries on last year's shortened season, around MLB there was serious concern about injuries entering 2021. If you talked to anyone associated with the game on any level, they would all express worry about pitchers specifically.