The Texas Rangers' starting pitcher Jacob deGrom will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), according to General Manager Chris Young. The decision came after an MRI showed more inflammation and significant structural damage that wasn't present on the scan after the pitcher exited the game against the New York Yankees in April.
DeGrom, who was signed in free agency, has only pitched 30⅓ innings this season, with a 2-0 record, 2.67 ERA, 45 strikeouts, and four walks. The 35-year-old right-hander signed a $185 million, five-year contract with the Rangers in the offseason after playing his first nine big league seasons with the New York Mets.
It's unclear whether deGrom will be undergoing Tommy John surgery or another procedure to repair the UCL, but the surgery will take place next week. The goal is for deGrom to be back near the end of next season, and both the general manager and deGrom are confident that he will make a full recovery.
This will be deGrom's second career Tommy John surgery, as he had the procedure during his rookie year in 2010. He has been limited by injuries to 156.1 innings over 26 starts his last two years in New York.
The Rangers, who are leading the AL West with a 39-20 record and a 3.5-game lead, will now have to find a way to cope without deGrom for the rest of the season.
DeGrom's contract includes a Tommy John surgery clause that gives the Rangers a sixth-year club option worth between $20 million and $37 million.