News: Anthony DeSclafani has been diagnosed with a partial sprain (that means tear) of the ulnar collateral ligament. Shut down from pitching for four weeks. Go from there.
This does not necessarily mean he’ll need Tommy John surgery. If all goes well, DeSclafani could return to pitching by mid-May.
Michael Lorenzen had a partial sprain of his UCL last year and returned to pitch. On the other hand, Lorenzen’s sprain was described as “mild” at the time of diagnosis. That word wasn’t used in today’s report.
On the other other hand:
Team medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek said DeSclafani's MRI was "very similar" to Lorenzen's last year.
— Zach Buchanan (@ZHBuchanan) March 13, 2017
For AD, not the worst news, but not good any time “Tommy John” appears as one of the tags for the post.
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