Well ladies and gentlemen, it seems Chase Whitley‘s 2015 season has unfortunately been cut short.
Whitley experienced pain in his elbow since late last month (during the first Tampa Bay Rays series at Tropicana Field to be exact), but pitched through it. In Whitley’s last start, he was lifted from the game after telling the training staff he had pain in his elbow. After undergoing an MRI the following day, it was revealed Whitley had a UCL tear.
Whitley’s teammate Masahiro Tanaka also has a UCL tear in his elbow, but unlike Tanaka’s scenario, the doctors determined the tear was too large to rehab. Whitley is expected to be on the shelf for the next 12-18 months.