Mize confirmed via his personal Instagram account that he underwent successful Tommy John surgery earlier Wednesday, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. The right-hander stated that his goal is to pitch for the Tigers at some point in 2023, but if Detroit plans to bring him back in a starting role, his return may not happen until next August or September even if he endures no setbacks in his recovery. Mize made only two starts for the Tigers this season before landing on the injured list in mid-April and eventually opting for the procedure after rest and rehab didn't yield the desired results.
Mize (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. The right-hander doesn't actually have a torn UCL, but the procedure is still necessary since the ligament has been stretched to the point that it's lost elasticity. Mize landed on the injured list after only two starts this season, and he made one rehab start in mid-May before his elbow issues worsened. The 24-year-old will miss the rest of the season and will also be sidelined for at least the first half of 2023.
Manager A.J. Hinch said Tuesday that Mize (elbow) continues to feel discomfort while throwing and will be shut down while seeking additional medical opinions, Jason Beck of MLB.com reports. Mize had his rehab slowed in mid-May but resumed throwing early last week. However, he was unable to throw from 90 feet without experiencing pain and will face another shutdown as a result. A better idea of the right-hander's status will likely come into focus after he receives additional opinions on his elbow.
The Tigers transferred Mize (elbow) from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day IL on Tuesday. Mize has been on the shelf since April 15 and didn't resume his throwing program until Monday, so he was already on track to spend more than the minimum 60 days on the IL. As a result, the transaction won't affect his timeline for a return. The right-hander is gradually expected to increase his long-toss distance off flat ground before potentially advancing to mound work at some point next week.
Mize (elbow) began playing catch Monday, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports. Mize made just two starts this season before hitting the injured list with a sprained right elbow. He resumed throwing in late April and advanced to a rehab assignment by mid-May, but his first rehab outing went poorly enough that the Tigers elected to pause his rehab program for over two weeks. He's trending in the right direction again but is still several steps from returning to the active roster.
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