Reds reliever Tejay Antone introduced (on Twitter) that he’ll endure Tommy John surgical procedure tomorrow. It’ll be the second time of the right-hander’s profession, as Antone beforehand underwent the process in 2017.
It’s a disappointing, if not particularly shocking, improvement. Antone spent a lot of the previous few months on the injured record with forearm troubles. He was activated from the IL on Tuesday however pulled himself from that night time’s recreation simply 5 pitches amidst apparent discomfort. Cincinnati positioned him again on the IL yesterday with what the crew termed a forearm pressure.
Whereas no timetable has been introduced, it appears probably Antone will miss the whole 2022 season. Tommy John procedures usually require fourteen-plus months of restoration time, and it wouldn’t be shocking if the crew is especially cautious with Antone’s rehab on condition that he’s already undergone the process as soon as earlier than.
It’s a notable blow for the Reds, as Antone has been the membership’s finest reliever. The 27-year-old labored 33 2/3 innings throughout 23 appearances as a high-leverage weapon, pitching to a 2.14 ERA. Antone punched out hitters at an enormous 32.8% clip on the again of an above-average 12.9% swinging strike price. It’s the second consecutive high-end season to start Antone’s MLB profession, as he broke into the large leagues with 35 1/3 frames of two.80 ERA ball in 2020.
Regardless of Antone’s contributions, the bullpen has been an issue for the Reds for a lot of the 12 months. Cincinnati relievers have a 5.27 ERA that ranks twenty eighth within the league, whereas they’re nearer to middle-of-the-pack in SIERA (4.07) and strikeout/stroll price differential (14.3 proportion factors). They’ve been marginally higher since remaking their bullpen the week of the commerce deadline — after they acquired Luis Cessa, Justin Wilson and Mychal Givens — however Reds’ relievers nonetheless have a good 5.00 ERA over the previous thirty days. Antone has been on the injured record for nearly all of that point already, however holding late leads might be all of the harder with no chance of him making it again at this level. At 69-59, the Reds maintain a one-game benefit over the Padres within the NL Wild Card race.
Antone will probably be positioned on the 60-day injured record at any time when the Reds want a spot on the 40-man roster. He’ll have to return to the 40-man over the offseason however can return on the 60-day IL for the whole thing of subsequent season. Antone will proceed to accrue service time on the IL and is scheduled to succeed in arbitration eligibility for the primary time after the 2022 marketing campaign.