Astros News: Kent Emanuel Shares Gruesome Photo Following Elbow Surgery

Devon Platana
Houston Astros left-handed pitcher Kent Emanuel shares a gruesome photo following his elbow surgery.
Houston Astros left-handed pitcher Kent Emanuel shares a gruesome photo following his elbow surgery. / Carmen Mandato/Getty Images

Houston Astros left-handed pitcher Kent Emanuel has had a rollercoaster start to his MLB career. Drafted in 2013 by the Astros, Emanuel didn't make his league debut until 2021. Between Tommy John surgery, suspensions and other prospects leapfrogging him, a lot prevented him from making his debut as soon as he would've liked.

Now that he's gotten the chance to play in Houston, Emanuel has seized every opportunity given him. At least until he was removed from a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 25 after throwing just four pitches. It turns out that the lefty had damage to the UCL in his left elbow, which was corrected with surgery last week. Emanuel took to Twitter on Monday to share his new post-surgery look and the result is nothing short of gruesome.

Kent Emanuel Injury Update

It's unknown how long Emanuel will be out of the lineup, however, it's not surprising to know that his season is over just judging by the gnarly photo. What makes things a bit more worrisome is that a torn UCL is what held him out of the 2020 season. Hopefully, he can properly heal ahead of the 2022 MLB season so that he can pick up from where he left off in his rookie campaign.

Emanuel had a 1-0 through 10 appearances in relief this season. The 29-year-old rookie recorded a 2.55 ERA and 13 strikeouts through 17.2 innings pitched. Considering how his injury leaves just two lefties in the Astros bullpen, the team is hoping for a quick and speedy recover for Emanuel.

The Astros currently have the 7th-best odds to win the World Series at +1600, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. Now that Emanuel is out of the lineup, Houston may have to start looking to trade for another left-handed reliever if it wants to make a championship push.

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