Drew Rasmussen to Join Growing List of Pitchers Out for Season After Tommy John Surgery
Drew Rasmussen - Tampa Bay Rays
The 27-year-old right hander tossed seven scoreless frames against the Yankees on May 11, but was placed on the 60-day IL the next day with a flexor tendon strain.
Tampa Bay hasn’t officially announced he will undergo Tommy John surgery, but that is the only direction this is heading, according to our panel of doctors.
Rasmussen has a 2.62 ERA in 8 starts this year after posting a 2.84 ERA in 28 starts last season.
German Marquez - Colorado Rockies
Colorado’s opening-day starter underwent Tommy John surgery on May 12 and will miss the rest of the season plus the beginning of next year.
Marquez had a 4.95 ERA in 4 starts this season. He was initially placed on the 15-day IL with elbow inflammation at the end of April.
The Rockies have a team option on him after this season, meaning they can either choose to pick up his $16 million contract for next season or spend $2.5 million to release him.
Lou Trivino - New York Yankees
Trivino did not pitch for the Yankees this season after battling elbow issues that popped up in March. He and the team attempted the non-surgical route, but his elbow issues persisted during his ramp up.
He underwent Tommy John surgery in early May.
Trivino could be retained via arbitration in 2024 but is making $4.1 million this year. He could also be a non-tender candidate since he’ll be missing at least half of the season.
Robbie Ray - Seattle Mariners
Seattle’s left-handed ace also underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery in early May after being placed on the IL with a flexor tendon strain.
He is under contract through 2026 but has an opt out after 2024.
Ray made just one start for Seattle this season after posting a 3.71 ERA in 2022 and a career-best 2.84 ERA in 2021. He turns 32 in October.
Jeffrey Springs - Tampa Bay Rays
Springs was the first Rays starter knocked out long term with an injury this season. He exited his April 14 start with ulnar neuritis, which signaled to our panel of doctors that he would likely undergo Tommy John surgery.
Unfortunately, that reality came true for the 30-year-old lefty.
He had a 0.56 ERA and 24 strikeouts in 3 starts this season. Last year, he set career highs in starts (25), strikeouts (144), innings pitched (135.1) and wins (9).
Kris Bubic - Kansas City Royals
Kansas City’s up-and-coming lefty had his season cut short after 3 starts. He was initially placed on the 15-day IL with a left forearm flexor strain in mid-April.
Bubic made a career-high 27 starts for the Royals last season, posting a record of 3-13 with a 5.58 ERA.
The 25-year-old had a 1.64 ERA in his first two starts of the season with 13 strikeouts and just one walk. He allowed 5 runs in 5 innings against the Braves during his third and final start of the year.
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