Brewers lifter John curtiss recently had Tommy John surgery, chief executive David Stearns told reporters (including Tom Haudricourt of Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). The right-hander is not expected to return until 2023.
This isn’t particularly surprising news, as Curtiss tore the UCL in his throwing elbow during an appearance last month. While Curtiss hoped to avoid surgery, further assessment clearly deemed it necessary. It’s an unfortunate way to end what had been a productive season, as the 28-year-old posted a 3.45 ERA in 44 1/3 innings split between the Marlins and Brew Crew. While Curtiss’s 23.5% strikeout rate is essentially the league average, he has done well to avoid walks and home runs. This strong performance prompted Milwaukee to trade a capture prospect Payton henry to land Curtiss on the trade deadline, but he exploded after just six appearances with his new team.
Curtiss is already on the 60-day injured list, where he will remain for the remainder of the season. The Brewers can also keep Curtiss on the 60-day IL all next season, but they’ll need to get him back on the 40-man roster over the winter. Curtiss will remain in the squad’s control until 2025 and will not be eligible for arbitration until the 2022-2023 offseason.
Stearns added that his fellow reliever Justin topa will seek a second opinion on his own elbow injury. Topa, who has already had Tommy John surgery twice in his career, was placed on the 60-day injured list over the weekend due to elbow discomfort. (Jandel Gustave income from COVID-19 in a corresponding move). This ended Topa’s season, although it remains to be seen if he will have a chance to be ready for spring training in 2022.
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