Blackburn (elbow) will undergo Tommy John surgery this week, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.
This is a tough break for Blackburn, who was originally hoping to avoid surgery in his recovery from a strained UCL. The issue wasn't improving, however, prompting the 25-year-old to opt for surgery. He'll now be sidelined for the remainder of the 2018 season and a good chunk of the 2019 campaign as he works his way back.
Blackburn (elbow) was moved to the 60-day-disabled list Monday.
The move was made to open up a spot on the 40-man roster for new acquisition Tommy Joseph. Blackburn is expected to be out for well over 60 days as he's dealing with a strained UCL. He's at least a month away from throwing and will miss at least the first half of the season or possibly more if he ends up requiring elbow surgery.
Blackburn was diagnosed with a strained UCL on Thursday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Blackburn was already expected to miss the first half of the season, but this development means he could miss even more time. The Rangers are planning to take a conservative approach for 4-to-6 weeks before restarting his throwing program. Surgery is still on the table, but it seems like they're planning on simply resting the injury for now.
Blackburn (elbow) is not expected to return until after the All-Star break, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
Blackburn underwent an MRI on Monday shortly after injuring his elbow, and although the results won't be read until Thursday, the initial prognosis isn't great. The team seems pretty confident he'll be held out for a significant chunk of time, but an exact return timetable has yet to be determined.
Blackburn exited Monday's spring game early due to right elbow tightness.
Blackburn faced five hitters before leaving the contest clutching his elbow. He was transported back to the team's camp in Surprise (Ariz.) for further evaluation, which should provide some clarity on the nature and severity of the injury.
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