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Buehler shut down at least 6-8 weeks with non-surgical elbow strain

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The Los Angeles Dodgers will be without Walker Buehler for at least six-to-eight weeks after an MRI on the right-hander's elbow showed a ligament strain, according to Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times.

The injury doesn't require surgery, and the Dodgers expect Buehler to pitch again this season. However, manager Dave Roberts indicated he'd be out "a while."

Buehler, 27, left Friday's contest against the San Francisco Giants after experiencing discomfort during the third inning. The two-time All-Star attempted to pitch through it but was ultimately relieved following the fourth frame.

It marked his second consecutive underwhelming start. Over 6 1/3 innings in two June starts, Buehler has allowed eight runs on nine hits - including three homers - and two walks while striking out nine.

Los Angeles placed Buehler on the injured list Saturday. The Dodgers recalled right-handed pitching prospect Michael Grove in his place.

The ascendant ace has been among the best pitchers in baseball over the past few seasons. In six campaigns, Buehler possesses a 3.02 ERA and 3.27 FIP in 115 appearances.

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