Walker Buehler throws two scoreless innings in pro debut.

Pitcher Walker Buehler, the Dodgers’ first-round draft pick of a year ago, threw two scoreless innings his professional debut for the Arizona League Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Buehler, 22, did not allow a hit or a walk. He struck out three batters and lit up the radar gun according to multiple reports:

Buehler was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow shortly after the Dodgers drafted him, and he underwent Tommy John surgery in September of last year.

No. 1 draft choice Walker Buehler talks Tommy John surgery

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Walker Buehler/Photo courtesy of University of Vanderbilt


The Dodgers selected pitcher Walker Buehler as their No. 1 draft choice in the June draft, even though they knew he had an issue with his pitching elbow. Buehler then had Tommy John surgery on Aug. 6.

Buehler was on hand at Dodger Stadium on Saturday and spoke with reporters.

“I’m a little bit more than six weeks out from surgery, so I’ve been in Arizona five of those six weeks,” said Buehler, a right-hander who played his college ball at Vanderbilt. “Things went well, according to plan. Feel good.”

Buehler, who has been getting treatment at the Dodgers’ spring training facility in Phoenix, Ariz., went 5-2 with an ERA of 2.95 his junior year at Vanderbilt. He had 92 strikeouts in 88 1/3 innings. He knew he had elbow issues during that campaign, but he didn’t think it would end up resulting in Tommy John surgery.

“It was one of those things where during the season I pitched through some stuff and the elbow wasn’t perfect,” he said. “But I didn’t think it was that. But I think now is the best time it could have happened, to be honest with you.

“I was surprised, but it’s not as bad as everybody thinks it is.”

Buehler, 21, is expected to be ready for the 2017 season.

According to a story on SB Nation, Walker – the 24th pick overall in the draft – signed for a bonus of $1.78 million, under the allotted slot value of $2,094,400. That was because the Dodgers had knowledge of his elbow problems.

Dodgers first-round draft pick Walker Buehler will undergo Tommy John surgery Wednesday.

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First-round draft pick Walker Buehler will have Tommy John surgery on his right elbow tomorrow. (Getty Images)

PHILADELPHIA — To no one’s surprise, the Dodgers announced Tuesday that 2015 first-round draft pick Walker Buehler will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. The pitcher will have the procedure Wednesday, performed by team physician Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

The Tennessean, quoting Buehler’s coach at Vanderbilt University, reported July 18 that the surgery was a matter of time.
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Dodgers go 1-for-2 signing top draft picks ahead of deadline.

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Louisville pitcher Kyle Funkhouser is the only one of the Dodgers’ first 10 picks in the June draft who didn’t sign. (Associated Press photo)

The Dodgers signed the first player they chose in the June draft, Vanderbilt pitcher Walker Buehler, but not the second, Louisville pitcher Kyle Funkhouser.

Buehler, the 24th overall pick, received a $1.78 million signing bonus — $314,000 below the maximum. Why the steep discount?

According to multiple reports, Buehler has a torn ligament in his right elbow that will require Tommy John surgery. The procedure typically knocks pitchers out of action for 12 months or more.

Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi didn’t comment on the reports.
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Dodgers first-round draft pick Walker Buehler pitches Vanderbilt into CWS final.

Walker Buehler, the Vanderbilt pitcher whom the Dodgers chose with their first-round pick in the amateur draft this month, pitched Vanderbilt into the College World Series final by beating TCU on Friday.

Buehler allowed four hits and a run and struck out eight in 6 ⅔ innings. It was his first game action since June 1.

Vanderbilt will play the winner of Saturday’s game between Virginia and Florida for the NCAA championship. The Virginia club features pitcher Josh Sborz, whom the Dodgers drafted 74th overall in the compensation round of the draft.