Mariners reliever Chasen Bradford is slated to miss the bulk of the 2020 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery last Thursday, per reports from Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times and MLB.com’s Greg Johns. The news isn’t entirely unexpected, as Bradford had been sidelined since early June with a Grade 1 flexor strain in his right elbow.
Given the lengthy recovery time that typically follows Tommy John surgery, it’s doubtful that Bradford will pitch at all next year, though he’ll likely make it back to the mound in time for spring training in 2021. The 30-year-old righty will be arbitration-eligible in 2021 and is not slated to hit free agency until 2024.
This appears to be the first significant setback of Bradford’s three-year career in the majors to date. He made just 12 appearances for the team in 2019, recording one save with a 4.86 ERA, 2.2 BB/9, and 5.9 SO/9 across 16 2/3 innings of relief.
Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.
That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.
Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.
It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.