The Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night in the Freeway Series. However, it was later announced that star pitcher Walker Buehler underwent surgery to remove a bone spur from his elbow. He is expected to miss 2-3 months with the injury. Manager Dave Roberts issued a blunt challenge to the Dodgers' pitching rotation after Buehler's timetable was revealed, per ESPN.

“When you lose your ace, there's gonna have to be some slack picked up.”

Buehler's injury is problematic for the Dodgers. However, worries of a second Tommy John surgery for Buehler surely made waves through the minds of Dodgers fans. So he did avoid the worst case scenario.

Walker Buehler commented on what he expects moving forward in regards to the rehab process.

“I've been through the rehab process before, obviously with Tommy John, and came out the other side really good. So hopefully it'll be the same result this time. But it's a tricky thing. You never know what's going to happen on the other side of these things.”

This rehab might feel like a cakewalk for the Dodgers' star after already dealing with Tommy John. If all goes according to plan, Buehler could return sometime in late August or early September.

The Dodgers will be in good hands in Buehler's absence. Clayton Kershaw and Julio Urias will lead the way, while Tony Gonsolin has been amongst the best pitchers in baseball this season. Gonsolin currently leads all of MLB in ERA.

This is a Dodgers team poised to meet Dave Roberts' bold challenge.