‘TB nightmare’ McClanahan has Tommy John surgery → no more next year

August 16, 2023 | by


Worst news for the Tampa Bay Rays, who have slipped to second place in the division after opening with 14 straight wins. Ace Shane McClanahan, 26, is on the operating table.

McClanahan will undergo ligament splicing surgery (Tommy John surgery) on his left elbow on April 22, the Tampa Bay Times reported on Saturday.

It’s a major surgery that could cost him the rest of this season and the entire 2024 season. Tampa Bay will also be without McClanahan for next season.

McClanahan was previously placed on injured reserve on April 4 with a left forearm strain. Many of these injuries lead to Tommy John surgery. This is the case with McClanahan.

This is McClanahan’s second Tommy John surgery. He previously underwent the procedure in 2015, when he was still in college.

A left-handed starter in his third year in the majors, McClanahan is the type of pitcher who can dominate hitters with a fastball that tops out at 100 mph. He made his debut in the 2021 season and has been outstanding ever since.

Last year, he pitched 166 1/3 innings in 28 games, going 12-8 with a 2.54 ERA and finishing sixth in the American League Cy Young Award. 메이저사이트

This season, he was considered the favorite to win the Cy Young Award out of the gate, but has been on and off the disabled list with a sore back.

Prior to his injury, McClanahan had pitched 115 innings in 21 games, going 11-2 with a 3.29 ERA. He struck out 121 batters.

A pitcher who, barring injury, could challenge for the Cy Young. But McClanahan has been set back by injury again. This time, it’s Tommy John surgery, which can take up to 18 months to recover from.

Tampa Bay has taken a turn for the worst recently, losing the division lead to the Baltimore Orioles and having Wander Franco implicated in a sex offense with a minor.

Add to that the loss of their ace until next season. After an opening 14-game winning streak, Tampa Bay has been struggling.


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