Any sliver of hope for lefty Caleb Ferguson to miraculously pitch again this season was squashed on Thursday when Dave Roberts provided the latest update. Speaking with the media on Thursday, Doc said that the 24-year-old will, in fact, undergo reconstructive surgery on his pitching elbow. It will be the second Tommy John of his life.
I think surgery is imminent and I would expect it to be some time next week.
It’s a devastating blow for Ferguson who is having a fine year here in his third major league campaign. In 21 appearances, he’s posted a 2-1 record with a 2.89 ERA and 9-to-1 strikeout to walk ratio in 18.2 innings pitched. Despite the bad news, Roberts said the Ohio native took the news as best as he could.
As good as he could take it — as anyone could take it. Just understanding that it’s a long road ahead, but we’re going to be with him every step of the way. He is a big part of what we’re doing and what we are planning on doing going forward… I just feel terrible for him.
The average recovery time for a pitcher undergoing Tommy John is about 12-18 months, all but wiping out his 2021 season as well. Moreover, the fact that this will be his second Tommy John surgery adds another layer of concern to the equation.