Tyler Mahle’s Season is Over; Tommy John Surgery on Horizon

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The 2023 Minnesota Twins just suffered their first season-ending injury of the season. It was announced on Thursday morning that starting pitcher, Tyler Mahle, needs Tommy John surgery.

Mahle — who was acquired at last season’s deadline from the Reds for minor league infielders Spencer Steer and Christian Encarnacion-Strand — has struggled with injuries for much of the past two seasons, which plays into a trend of transactions from a Twins’ front office that has a knack for harvested players with serious injury issues through mid-season trades.

What’s next for Twins and Tyler Mahle?

Tyler Mahle is supposed to be a free agent after this season. We’ll see what this surgery means for that. It wouldn’t surprise me if the Twins offer a discounted short-term contract that will allow him to rehab under their umbrella and also offer him a soft landing spot to get back on his feet.

Despite his arm issues, Mahle was off to a good start this summer, tossing 25.2 innings with a 3.16 ERA, 1.052 WHIP and 9.8 K/9. Talent has never been a question for the 28-year-old right-hander. If healthy and throwing strikes, Tyler Mahle will be effective. It wouldn’t surprise me if he ends up better after Tommy John surgery, than he was before it.

The Twins will try to win their 3-game series vs the San Diego Padres on Thursday afternoon. Cordcutters can watch Bally Sports North on Fubo TV, which I use and love. They offer 7-days FREE so you can watch the Twins and find out for yourself.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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