Sonny Gray pitched 5 innings of 3 ER ball yesterday, topping the 200 K mark on the season in the process. The Cincinnati Reds righty has been nothing short of outstanding for most all of 2019, particularly over the latter 2/3rds of the season - in his final 22 starts of the season, he pitched to a tidy 2.40 ERA.
What makes that all a bit more astounding is that apparently he’s been doing it with some oob and flurm floating around in his pitching elbow. Today, he had a planned arthroscopic surgery to remove those floaty-bodies, as MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon relayed.
Sonny Gray had arthroscopic right elbow surgery today to remove loose bodies that he’s pitched with all season. It’s not expected to affect his off-season routine. #reds— Mark Sheldon (@m_sheldon) September 25, 2019
It’s fine. No, really - it’s fine.
This is not a major surgery, obviously, and is one that they put off long enough to get through the season before having, and hopefully will help alleviate any pain he was dealing with in the process.
Put it this way, Alex Bregman is no pitcher, but he is a dude who depends wholly on his right elbow to put up the kind of MVP-caliber numbers he’s put up so far in 2019, and he had the same surgery done in January of this year. The necessity and timing of it wasn’t quite as good for Tampa’s Blake Snell, but he had his procedure at the end of July this season and is already back pitching in big league games, so there’s that.
You never want to see a band-aid on any of your team’s best players, but this certainly appears to be more of a maintenance thing than something we should all really worry about.
Get well soon, Sonathan.