Los Angeles Angels starter JC Ramirez will miss the rest of this season because of a torn ulnar collateral ligament, and Tommy John surgery has been recommended for the right-hander.
Ramirez (0-2, 9.45 ERA) was put on the 10-day disabled list Sunday, a day after the 29-year-old pitcher felt tightness in his forearm in his second start this season.
Assuming Ramírez opts for surgery, he would be out until the middle of the 2019 season, with the normal rehab time at 12-16 months.
While Ramírez will be out, Andrew Heaney said that he’s ready to return to the rotation after missing the start of the season with elbow inflammation. Matt Shoemaker was still undergoing tests on his forearm injury, so the Angels still don’t have clarity on how long he’ll be out.
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The injuries will allow prospect Jaime Barría to make his major league debut, starting Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers.
As for Ramírez, the news hit hard for an Angels team that has been beset by a raft of pitching injuries in the past three years.
“That’s a shame,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “This guy worked very, very hard. It’s definitely knocks the wind out of you when you see a guy who works as hard as he has and he has to miss the whole year.
“But in the big picture, he’s learned so much about himself and about pitching in the last season and up until the injury. Hopefully he’ll pick it right up next year at this time and be better for it.”
Ramírez was a revelation for the Angels a year ago, when they converted him from a reliever to a starter. He was the team’s best starter for much of the season. He threw 147-1/3 innings in the majors last year, which was nearly twice what he had thrown the year before.
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