Awful news from Braves camp about Lindgren
The Atlanta Braves sent out some horrible news this afternoon and it’s dealing with a player who was already trying to recover. Braves left-handed pitcher Jacob Lindgren had to have Tommy John surgery back in 2016 and now had to go under the knife once again.
Lindgren underwent a successful Tommy John surgery on March 27 (yesterday) for the second time. The procedure was performed by the famous Dr. James Andrews.
Atlanta #Braves LHP Jacob Lindgren underwent successful “Tommy John” surgery yesterday (3/27). The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Fla.
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) March 28, 2018
The 25-year-old was drafted by the New York Yankees in the 2nd round of the 2014 MLB draft out of Mississippi State University. In his first season as a pro, he struck out 48 hitters in 24.2 innings pitched. The following season in 2015, he made his MLB debut. But his season was cut short when he would undergo season ending surgery to remove a bone spur in his elbow.
Things got even worse that year as he found out he needed Tommy John surgery in August.
Knowing he’d miss the entire 2017 season, the Yankees decided to non-tender Lindgren and hope he’d return to a minor league deal after . This strategy usually works, but not that time for the Yankees.
Our former GM John Coppolella decided to take a pass on Lindgren and signed him to a $600K deal with a bonus that could have taken him to near the $1 million mark. Will this move, the Braves and Coppy added the lefty to the 40-man roster.
After sitting on the Braves roster for a year, the move was looking like it was going to pay off. He seemed healthy and primed for a breakout season in the Braves bullpen.
Unfortunately, that’s not going to happen this year with the news coming out about his most recent surgery.
Lindgren seems in high hopes as he posted on Twitter about the events.
Staying positive through this tough time, but had to have my second Tommy John surgery yesterday. Just have to trust the process, the grind never stops! #sorry4thewait #godsplan 🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/JBrhN6int8
— Jacob Lindgren (@JLindgren19) March 28, 2018
He’ll miss the entire 2018 season and hope to get back on the field in 2019. It’s unknown if he’ll be with the Braves in the future, but one team will sign him and I have a feeling it will pay off!