Another day, another injured Rangers pitcher.
This time it’s starter Anthony Ranaudo, who exited this afternoon’s game against the White Sox with what the team is calling “right arm discomfort.” He’ll no doubt undergo further testing.
Ranaudo was a Red Sox first-round pick in 2010 and was acquired from Boston in January in exchange for Robbie Ross. He made seven starts for the Red Sox in his debut last season and is now competing for a spot in the Rangers’ rotation, which is a lot less lofty of a goal following news that Yu Darvish will likely need season-ending Tommy John elbow surgery.
The second opinion on Yu Darvish’s injured elbow agreed with the first opinion: Dr. David Altchek advised the Rangers ace to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.
However, before a decision is made Darvish will seek a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews. But barring something shocking, he looks headed for surgery to repair the damaged ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
Trying the rest-and-rehab route is also an option, but the problem is that if Darvish spends months doing that and then eventually needs Tommy John surgery anyway he’d likely be out for a significant portion of 2016 as well.
Darvish was great last season, posting a 3.06 ERA with 11.3 strikeouts per nine innings, but injuries limited him to 22 starts and 144 frames. He’s signed through 2017.
The Rangers received devastating news over the weekend when ace right-hander Yu Darvish was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. It appears that season-ending Tommy John surgery could be in his future, but assistant general manager Thad Levine told AJ Cassavell of MLB.com that they will wait to announce a plan on Wednesday.
Darvish was scheduled to fly to New York today and will get a second opinion on his elbow from Dr. David Altcheck on Tuesday. He’ll then discuss the situation with the Rangers before a decision is made.
Timing is critical here. If Darvish tries to rehab the injury and ends up having Tommy John surgery anyway, he would be at risk for not only missing all of 2015, but also all of 2016. That’s a pretty big risk with no guarantee of a payoff. It would be a surprise if he doesn’t just go ahead and have the surgery now.