Justin Maxwell out 4-6 months following Tommy John surgery

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For obvious reasons position players typically come back from Tommy John elbow surgery far more quickly than pitchers, but Nationals outfielder Justin Maxwell is still expected to be out of action for 4-6 months after undergoing the operation.

Byron Kerr of MASNSports.com reports that Maxwell injured his elbow while making a diving catch in the second-to-last game of the season and went under the knife two weeks ago.

Maxwell told Kerr that he hopes to be back on the field in some capacity as soon as February, but realistically there’s a strong chance he’ll begin next season on the disabled list. At age 27 his career was already at a crossroads thanks to hitting .201 with 83 strikeouts in 219 at-bats for the Nationals, including a .144 batting average in 67 games this season.

Yusmeiro Petit pitched shortly after his mother passed away on Monday

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Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.

Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”

It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.

Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.