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Dodgers' top draft pick, Walker Buehler, to have Tommy John surgery

Dodgers' top draft pick, Walker Buehler, to have Tommy John surgery

Right-hander Walker Buehler, the Dodgers' top pick in last June's draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday and is unlikely to throw his first professional pitch until 2017, the team said before Tuesday's 6-2 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies in the opener of a six-game Pennsylvania trip. General Manager Farhan Zaidi said the Dodgers, like other teams, had questions about Buehler's arm before they selected him with the 24th overall pick in the first round. But the team was unable to do a complete physical examination until after the draft. And when they did, the Dodgers found more damage than they expected. "It was no certain thing when we drafted him...

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