The MLB may have just lost another young fireballer for the 2019 season.
The White Sox announced Friday rookie starter Michael Kopech has a UCL tear in his pitching elbow and needs Tommy John surgery.
Michael Kopech will likely undergo Tommy John surgery after tests revealed a tear in his UCL. He is expected to be ready for Spring Training in 2020.
He will receive a second opinion in the days coming to confirm today’s diagnosis.
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) September 7, 2018
Kopech will go for a second opinion before he decides whether to have surgery. He will be out until 2020 if the tear is confirmed.
The White Sox acquired the 22-year-old Texan from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade along with Yoan Moncada.
Kopech made three starts for Chicago since being called up in August and allowed eight runs in 14 1/3 innings while averaging 95.4 mph with his four-seam fastball.
The news of Kopech’s injury comes just two days after Angels rookie Shohei Ohtani also learned he had a UCL tear and would need Tommy John surgery.
Neither players have confirmed whether or not they will undergo the procedure just yet though.