Mujica underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. It's been a rough year for elbows in the Rays organization, as Brent Honeywell, Jose De Leon and Anthony Banda all required the same surgery. The timing of Mujica's procedure means that he's expected to miss the entirety of the 2019 season.
Mujica was recalled from Triple-A Durham and placed on the 60-day disabled list Sunday, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. Mujica was placed on the minor-league disabled list in late August with an undisclosed injury, and the move to the 60-day disabled list frees up a space on the Rays' 40-man roster. The 22-year-old was limited to 13 minor-league games this season as he dealt with a right forearm strain, posting a 2.70 ERA and 1.12 WHIP with Durham.
Mujica was activated from the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Durham on July 19 and assigned to High-A Charlotte. Mujica had been on the shelf for more than two months with a right forearm strain before he began a rehab assignment in the Gulf Coast League on July 16. After that outing, the Rays elected to activate him and assign him to Charlotte, with whom he covered 3.2 innings and gave up two runs Tuesday in an 11-2 win over Florida. He'll likely need another start or two with the affiliate to build up his pitch count before slotting back into the Triple-A rotation.
Mujica's MRI on Thursday revealed no structural damage to his forearm, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The news is certainly favorable, but Mujica still projects to miss approximately one month. The Rays are considering it a similar injury to the one that's currently ailing Yonny Chirinos, who went on the disabled list at the big-league level May 1.
The Rays are hopeful that Mujica will only be sidelined for about a month after being diagnosed Monday with a right forearm strain, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The Rays have already lost two of their top pitching prospects to Tommy John surgery this season in Brent Honeywell and Jose De Leon, but the organization appears optimistic that Mujica will avoid a similar fate. Mujica, who was placed on the 7-day disabled list at Triple-A Durham on Monday, will undergo an MRI in the coming days, which should offer final word on the extent of his setback. For now, the Rays seem to view Mujica's situation as akin to that of Yonny Chirinos, who was also given a one-month recovery timetable after suffering a forearm strain in late April.
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