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Red Sox prospect Jason Groome to undergo Tommy John surgery

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Red Sox pitching prospect Jason Groome will undergo Tommy John surgery, the team announced on Wednesday. He will undergo the procedure on May 15.

Groome has been dealing with a flexor strain in his left elbow since last August. The Red Sox selected the lefty in the first round, 12th overall, in the 2016 draft. Across 62 total innings in the minors, Groome owns a 5.37 ERA with 82 strikeouts and 34 walks.

Groome is the top pitching prospect in Boston’s system and No. 2 overall behind Michael Chavis, according to MLB Pipeline. He’s also ranked No. 85 among all prospects in baseball.

The upcoming surgery will end his 2018 campaign and will likely eat into about half of his 2019 season as well.

Blake Wood has a damaged UCL

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that Angels reliever Blake Wood underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a damaged ulnar collateral ligament. Wood will seek further opinions before a course of treatment is decided. Tommy John surgery is a possibility.

Wood, 32, had been on a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire and has been on the disabled list since April 22. Prior to the injury, Wood compiled a 2.31 ERA with a 10/7 K/BB ratio in 11 2/3 innings.

Keynan Middleton recently underwent Tommy John surgery to repair a damaged UCL, so it’s not been a great time to be a member of the Angels’ bullpen.