California high school pitcher Lucas Giolito, who was widely projected as a top-five pick and potential No. 1 overall pick in June’s draft, will miss the remainder of the season with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.
When a pitcher tears his UCL it requires Tommy John surgery and a year-plus recovery, but Nathan Rode of Baseball America reports that Giolito is not expected to need surgery and has been given a 6-10 week recovery timetable.
Of course, sprained UCLs unfortunately become torn UCLs on occasion, so you can bet the injury will hurt Giolito’s draft stock and cause interested teams to do extra homework on the 6-foot-6 right-hander’s health status.
It may end up costing him millions of dollars and could potentially convince Giolito to delay his professional career, play a couple seasons of college ball, and give the draft another try once he’s healthy.