Dodgers RHP Emmet Sheehan Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Emmet Sheehan in June 2023
Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Emmet Sheehan in June 2023. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI/Shutterstock (13982490w)

The Los Angeles Dodgers starting right-hand pitcher Emmet Sheehan underwent Tommy John surgery to repair an ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow of his throwing hand and will miss the remainder of the 2024 season.

The Dodgers confirmed the news on social media, revealing that Sheehan’s surgery “was successful”.

Sheehan experienced soreness during spring training and was initially given a long rest. He started ramping up his throwing sessions in April and was looking good in May before being shut down once again.

“There wasn’t a major setback,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts told reporters earlier this week. “From what I heard, it just wasn’t responding the way he or we had hoped. And so I think at that point in time, you feel that with the information he was getting, that surgery was the right decision.”

Emmet Sheehan was drafted by the Dodgers in the sixth round of 2021 MLB Draft. After two years in the minors, he made his MLB debut last season and had a promising campaign. Sheehan made 11 starts, going 4-1 with a 4.92 ERA and 64 strikeouts.

It is unclear how much impact Sheehan’s absence will have on the Dodgers. If healthy, he would be in contention for a rotation spot and would probably be a great depth piece, considering that the Dodgers intend to have a long postseason run.

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