Manager Dave Roberts said the team is hopeful Buehler will miss only two weeks of action. The Dodgers recalled Caleb Ferguson from Triple-A Oklahoma City ahead of Tuesday night’s game against the Rangers.
Buehler was hit by Trevor Story‘s line drive in a game against Colorado on May 21 and made three starts after that, but the rib injury caused him to exit a game Friday night against Atlanta in the sixth inning.
Buehler began Friday with four perfect innings and was still cruising in the sixth when Roberts became concerned about a drop in Buehler’s velocity. Roberts and a trainer ran to the mound and spoke with Buehler before removing him. Roberts said Buehler was having some difficulty breathing.
Buehler is 4-1 with a 2.63 ERA and has been a bright spot for a team that was desperate for starting pitching because of injuries. Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill, Kenta Maeda, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dennis Santana are all on the disabled list. Santana was transferred to the 60-day disabled list Saturday with a right rotator cuff strain.
Kershaw threw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Roberts said the next step could be a simulated game.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.