Appel underwent season-ending surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his elbow, Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Wednesday's surgery puts an already injury-filled 2016 campaign to an end as he had already endured some shoulder issues in addition to the bone spur on his elbow. Gelb reports that Appel should be ready by the time spring training gets underway, but he'll by 25 by that time, so the clock will be ticking for him to deliver on his potential. Prior to landing on the disabled list this season, Appel posted a 4.46 ERA with a 1.57 WHIP in 38.1 innings (eight starts) at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Appel has been playing catch and is not feeling any pain in his shoulder according to Jordan. He was shut down in late May with a shoulder strain.
Appel (shoulder) played catch Tuesday for the first time since being shut down in May, but he remains at least two-to-three weeks away from returning from the DL, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports.
The former first round pick has been battling a shoulder strain since late May, but he does appear to be making progress towards a return. He played catch Tuesday, so he'll likely need to log a few more similar sessions before moving to throwing off a mound. The expectation is that he'll be able to return from the 7-day DL in two-to-three weeks, at which point he should return to the rotation at Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Appel said medical exams of his shoulder have shown no structural damage, Tom Housenick of the Allentown Morning Call reports.
Appel failed to reach 90 mph in his last start and went on the disabled list Friday with a right shoulder strain. Manager Dave Brundage said there is no timetable for Appel's return.
His fastball velocity had been down in his last start, topping out at 89 mph before being pulled in the first inning Sunday. Appel has been a disappointment ever since getting drafted with the top pick in the 2013 draft, but his previous failings have been performance related. This shoulder injury might be a cue to move on from Appel in dynasty leagues where fewer than 150 prospects are rostered.
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