Ray’s starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen needs third elbow surgery

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Drew Rasmussen required a third elbow surgery.

Rasmussen’s surgery is scheduled for July 24 and the procedure will be performed by Dr. Keith Meister said Rays manager Kevin Cash before Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Braves.

Cash said, “Unfortunately, he will miss the rest of the year.” “She’s going to get what they call braces. I know the doctor he spoke to, Dr. Meister felt that was probably the best way to get him back on the field as quickly as possible. And as healthy as possible.”

Cash did not rule out Rasmussen returning mid-season next year.

Rasmussen, who has been on the 60-day injured list since May 12 due to a right elbow flexor strain, previously had Tommy John surgery in March 2016 and August 2017.

“Ras is disappointed,” said Cash. “We were all hoping he could do something for us this season, but it’s not going to happen.”

Rasmussen went 4–2 with a 2.62 ERA in eight starts before being shut down. He was 11-7 and had a 2.84 ERA in 28 starts in 2021.

The 27-year-old right-hander pitched a perfect ninth inning against Baltimore on August 14, then pitched a no-hitter in the sixth inning in his next start six days later against Kansas City.

After undergoing three Tommy John surgeries, Tampa Bay had a relief outfielder for him when Johnny Venters made his first major league appearance in six years on April 25, 2018. Venters made 50 total appearances in 2018 between the Rays and Atlanta, and another 12 in his final season with the Braves and Washington.

The news about Rasmussen ending the rotation is another blow to the rays.

Ace Shane McClanahan is on the injured list because of middle back tightness, but is expected to start again on July 16 at Kansas City. Jeffery Springs and Shane Baaz are set to take a year off after Tommy John surgery. Josh Fleming has been ruled out with left elbow swelling and has been thrown off the bullpen mound.

The AL-top Rays had lost 12 of 18 going into Saturday’s game with the Braves.

Reporting by The Associated Press.

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