Jharel Cotton has strained UCL, could need surgery

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A’s pitcher Jharel Cotton has been diagnosed with a strained UCL and a strained flexor muscle. The knife could be in his future, ending his season.

He’ll get a second opinion but manager Bob Melvin said yesterday that surgery is a possibility. If so, he’s done for 2018 and won’t be ready until after the 2019 season begins, in all likelihood.

Cotton was a promising prospect with the Dodgers and was a key part of the deal the sent Rich Hill and Josh Reddick to Los Angeles in 2016. He’s made 29 big league starts since then, but has struggled to a 11-10 record, a 4.95 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 128/57 in 158.1 innings.