Chase Whitley to undergo Tommy John Surgery

Chase+Whitley+New+York+Yankees+v+Tampa+Bay+dpV6DBsgdkUlWell ladies and gentlemen, it seems Chase Whitley‘s 2015 season has unfortunately been cut short.

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, Chase Whitley will undergo Tommy John Surgery tomorrow, effectively ending his 2015 campaign. The surgery will be done by Dr. Chris Ahmad in New York City.

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.

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8 Responses to Chase Whitley to undergo Tommy John Surgery

  1. hotdog says:

    What a bad break for this guy…he's been very good at the minor league level and deserved his shot but this has got to be a killer…i hope he comes back strong and finds his way up again…

  2. tom says:

    Tough Luck! Let's see if he comes back with better velocity.

  3. Robert Rufa says:

    Another young arm bites the dust. When will the baseball gods wake up to the fact that the human arm just wasn't meant to throw an overhand fastball at 90+ mph a few dozen times every fifth day. Coaches and instructors should teach the assortment of other pitches available and stress control and location. If this results in too many home runs, deaden the ball a little. With luck, Whitley's career might not be over. But the surgery doesn't always return a pitcher to form. Meanwhile, he's losing a crucial year at a formative time in his baseball life.

  4. Balt Yank says:

    Robert, it appears you and many on this board ascribe TJ problems to the fastball and maybe you're right. For instance, most relievers throw fastballs and have less injuries and far less TJ surgeries. Of course, relievers throw 10-35 pitches per week while a starter throws 100+ every five days if they can. Maybe the stadium dimensions today make pitchers fear the baseballs actually being hit, where old Yankee stadium would have made pop ups of many 2015 home runs. Hmmmm.

  5. hotdog says:

    sorry the link didn't work but the article is by Tom Verducci today in Sports Illustrated…try this one more time…

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