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Spencer Strider out for season after UCL surgery in Braves injury blow

Braves ace Spender Strider will miss the rest of the season after one of MLB’s top pitchers fell victim to the arm surgeries prevalent in the pitch clock era.

Strider underwent surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow with an internal fixator, the Braves announced Saturday. The surgery was performed Friday by Dr. Keith Meister of Arlington, Texas.

Strider pitched 186 2/3 innings in 2023, posting a 3.86 ERA and leading the majors in wins (20) and strikeouts (281), but this would have been his third full MLB season. I could barely get out of the gate for the match.

He had 12 strikeouts but allowed seven runs in the ninth inning, his only start.


Spencer Strider will miss the remainder of the Braves season. Getty Images

The 25-year-old right-hander, who performed the flare, reported feeling discomfort in his elbow during a brief outing on April 5th. His speed had decreased significantly.

The next day, Braves manager Brian Snitker said the MRI results were “not good.” Within a week, Strider went under the knife.

Strider’s injury not only changes the landscape of the National League, but who will be able to challenge the Dodgers? – However, a window opens for the Mets and Phillies, who lead the National League East.

On a larger scale, injuries to striders also continue an alarming early-season trend of aces being shelved.

Strider joins the Guardians’ Shane Bieber, Red Sox’ Lucas Giolito, Dodgers’ Shohei Ohtani, and Marlins’ Sandy Alcantara and Yuri Perez as pitchers who are all out this season.

Several other high-end starters are out with elbow or shoulder injuries, including the Yankees’ Gerrit Cole, the Mets’ Kouhiro Chiga, the Astros’ Justin Verlander, the Mariners’ Robbie Ray and the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw. , the list is likely to grow further as it is unclear when he will return. , Brewers’ Brandon Woodruff, Diamondbacks’ Eduardo Rodriguez, and Rangers teammates Max Scherzer and Jacob deGrom will not pitch.

A heated debate is brewing over whether MLB’s introduction of a pitch clock is to blame. Or is it just a coincidence and the higher velocity and spin rate are at the root of the problem?

MLB’s recent dismissal of pitch clocks as a potential cause has angered players like Cole.

“That’s short-sighted,” said Cole, a former member of the players’ association’s eight-person subcommittee. “Maybe in five years we’ll really understand what kind of impact the pitch clock has, but to deny it out of hand, we didn’t think it would help the situation.”


Braves ace Spencer Strider
Braves ace Spencer Strider Getty Images

Cole’s former Astros teammate, Verlander, took a different view, arguing that “it would be easiest to blame the pitch clock.”

“everyone [is] It’s about pitching as hard as you can and rotating the ball as hard as you can,” Verlander said, believing that this was a reaction from pitchers to MLB’s baseball reforms a few years ago that allowed more batters to produce home runs. Ta.

With Max Fried as their ace, the Braves need to change direction long before the debate is settled.

“[Strider] He’s very passionate about his craft,” Snitker said recently. “He loves everything about this. He does everything right, from being a great teammate to being dedicated. I really hate this because he enjoys it so much.”

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