MLB Weekly Digest March 23rd Edition: Boston Red Sox Pitcher Chris Sale Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery

MLB Weekly Digest March 23rd Edition: Boston Red Sox Pitcher Chris Sale Will Undergo Tommy John Surgery

The last week in MLB was about a starting pitcher in the American League who will need Tommy John surgery, another starting pitcher in the AL will be sidelined several weeks, and a pitcher in the National League has undergone an operation.

Boston Red Sox Starting Pitcher Chris Sale Needs Tommy John Surgery

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery, per a team announcement.

The Red Sox are unsure when Sale will have the operation, but they expect it to occur in “the fairly near future,” said Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom, per Alex Speier of the Boston Globe.

Sale had an MRI on his throwing arm in early March because of elbow soreness.

The Red Sox were optimistic that rest and rehab would help Sale deal with the injury.

However, the left-hander had resumed his throwing program last week after being shut down for two weeks when his pain came back.

The pitcher will be out until late 2021 or the beginning of the 2022 campaign, per Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY.

The injury is a monumental blow for the Red Sox as Sale was expected to be the ace in their rotation.

The other reason why the injury hurts is this was supposed to be the first year of a five-year, $145-million extension that was signed by him last March.

He will make $30 million this season, the highest for any player on the Red Sox’ roster, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Houston Astros Starting Pitcher Justin Verlander Out Six Weeks After Groin Surgery

Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander will be sidelined for six weeks after he had groin surgery, per a team announcement.

The groin injury forced Verlander to delay his first spring training start.

He was shut down at the beginning of March because of a lat strain injury.

The lat strain was already going to delay his start to the season before the coronavirus postponed Opening Day.

The Astros had hoped physical therapy would work.

Still, a setback occurred during rehab, and surgery was recommended, said Astros general manager James Click, per Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle.

Verlander, who won the American League Cy Young last season, has proven over his MLB career to be an excellent starting pitcher.

If there is a regular season for MLB, the Astros will need Verlander healthy as he’s the anchor of their rotation.

San Francisco Giants Pitcher Tyler Beede Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

San Francisco Giants pitcher Tyler Beede had successful Tommy John surgery a couple of days ago, per Amy Gutierrez of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Beede had to exit a Cactus League game earlier in the month due to tightness in his elbow.

He underwent an MRI, which showed a flexor strain and UCL sprain, per Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.

Beede was probably going to open the season in the Giants’ starting rotation before having the operation.

The right-hander appeared in 24 games (22 starts) for the team last year, posting a 5.08 ERA with 113 strikeouts, 46 walks issued, 22 home runs yielded, and a 5.03 FIP.

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