Updates from Friday, Aug. 15
Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times has the latest on Maholm:
#Dodgers P Paul Maholm had reconstructive surgery on right knee (torn ACL) today.— Bill Shaikin (@BillShaikin) August 15, 2014
Updates from Sunday, August 3
Maholm said he meets with Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday to get the official course of treatment, but he knows his season is over and expects to undergo reconstructive surgery, followed by a long recovery.
"It is what it is," said Maholm, using crutches to get around. "I've been through worse. I expect to be normal in whatever the necessary time is. It's not breaking news."
Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register has the latest on Maholm's knee issue:
Dodgers' Paul Maholm describing how he tore his ACL Friday night: "Just an unathletic guy trying to make an athletic play."— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 4, 2014
The NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers received some bad news on Saturday, as the team's official Twitter account reported pitcher Paul Maholm's MRI revealed an ACL tear:
LHP Paul Maholm's MRI showed a tear of the ACL. He will see Dr. Neal ElAttrache and decide on treatment, including surgery.— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 2, 2014
Bleacher Report's Scott Miller has an update on Maholm and the Dodgers' corresponding roster move:
Paul Maholm to the #Dodgers DL with ACL tear, LHP Paco Rodriguez summoned from AAA Albuquerque— Scott Miller (@ScottMillerBbl) August 2, 2014
Maholm suffered his injury on Friday during an 8-2 loss to the Chicago Cubs. In the early hours on Saturday morning, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reported the injury as it happened:
Maholm heard something pop in his knee and has will have an MRI. Leaving on crutches.— Ken Gurnick (@kengurnick) August 2, 2014
After the game, manager Don Mattingly feared the worst during a press conference, via Michael Lananna of MLB.com:
"Paul's is the one that's pretty serious, it seems, like the way he came off the field and was moving around. He felt it the step before he got to the bag. He was walking good, but then we he got to the steps, it kind of gave out."
Now, roughly 13 hours later, the pitcher's season is all but over.
In his first year with the Dodgers, Maholm hasn't quite lived up to expectations. He's currently holding a 4.84 ERA, allowing 82 hits and 44 runs while striking out 34 batters in 70.1 innings pitched. He started eight games this season, earning a record of 1-5.
The injury comes at a terrible time for Los Angeles, as the team is already thin in the pitching department. Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register sure thinks so:
Torn ACL for Paul Maholm. The Dodgers' starting pitching depth is dire.— Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) August 2, 2014
Despite Maholm's struggles, this injury should quickly put the Dodgers on the market for another southpaw reliever, should he opt for season-ending surgery, while the team continues its bid for the postseason.
For Maholm, it will be a long road back to full fitness following such a devastating injury.