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.
Reds no. 1 prospect Nick Senzel is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on Tuesday, the club announced Saturday. Senzel tore a tendon in his right index finger on Friday and is not expected to make a full recovery before the 2018 season comes to a close, though any offseason activity has not yet been ruled out.
Prior to the start of the season, MLB Pipeline ranked the 22-year-old infielder first in the Reds’ system and sixth in the league overall. He made a fine impression in his debut with Triple-A Louisville, too, slashing .310/378/.509 with six home runs and eight stolen bases in 193 plate appearances. A call-up seemed inevitable at some point in 2018, though the Reds will now have to shelve any immediate plans for the third baseman as he works through a lengthy recovery process in order to take the field sometime in 2019.
Impressive numbers notwithstanding, it’s been a rough year for Senzel. He missed nearly a month after another chronic bout of vertigo and logged just 21 games in Louisville before landing on the disabled list again. This appears to be the first significant injury of his professional career so far.