The Oakland Athletics traded cash considerations for Brent Honeywell Jr. back in November in an attempt to build some young starting pitcher depth. The 26-year-old's career has been derailed by injuries so far, which makes the latest update regarding the state of his elbow disappointing to hear.
Brent Honeywell Jr. Injury Update
Honeywell recently underwent an MRI that confirmed an olecranon stress reaction on a bone in the back of his elbow. Second opinions are on the way in the next few days, but all signs point to Honeywell being shut down indefinitely. It is certainly not the result anyone involved wanted.
The 2014 second-round pick has worked his way through four different arm surgeries from 2018-20, including Tommy John. Honeywell had a real shot to crack Oakland's starting rotation to start the year. However, another bump in his road to the majors leaves a lot to be desired about his potential.
Overall, Honeywell owns a career record of 36-23 and an ERA of 3.06 across 91 starts in the minor leagues. His 9.5 strikeouts per nine innings mark showcases what he is truly capable of when healthy. Honeywell also appeared in three games for the Tampa Bay Rays last season (4.1 innings pitched).
While a return to the team this season has not been ruled out, the expectation is that Honeywell will see extended time off the field in 2022. The Athletics will look to bounce back with a playoff berth this summer and have odds set at +13000 to win the World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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