Velasquez had surgery Tuesday to address a circulation problem in his hand, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Velasquez is out for the season, but will be ready for spring training. The 25-year-old disappointed in 2017, going 2-7 with a 5.13 ERA and a 68:34 K:BB in 72 innings over 15 starts.
Velasquez has decided to proceed with surgery to address the blood flow issue that has caused numbness in his right middle finger, CSN Philadelphia reports.
Velasquez sought a second opinion Tuesday with another doctor in Dallas and presumably was given the same advice he had received from his first doctor. A timetable for the procedure has not yet been determined, but it should happen soon to give Velasquez plenty of recovery time prior to next season. He said he will be ready for spring training.
Velasquez (finger) said he intends to get a second opinion before deciding to proceed with surgery, Jim Salisbury of CSN Philadelphia reports.
Velasquez will see a doctor in Dallas on Tuesday. He said there may be a chance he can avoid a surgical procedure and if not, he can decide between doctors to perform the procedure. The 25-year-old is out for the season due to a blood flow issue that has affected his middle finger on his pitching hand.
Velasquez will undergo surgery to repair a vascular issue with his right middle finger, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.
According to Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal, manager Pete Mackanin said the issue was clogging blood flow to Velasquez's middle finger, which explains why he had been experiencing numbness. Montemurro also noted that Velazquez wasn't dealing with thoracic outlet syndrome, which is a huge relief given the extensive recovery process that comes with it. He'll now be sidelined for around 6-to-8 weeks, and the Phillies are confident he'll be ready for spring training. Since the 25-year-old has already been shifted to the 60-day disabled list, effectively ending his season, he'll now turn his focus towards getting ready for 2018. After a lackluster 2017 campaign (5.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP in 72 innings), his fantasy outlook for next season has taken a considerable hit.
Since Velasquez's DL stint was retroactive to Aug. 10, the move to the 60-day DL means that he won't be eligible to return this season. The 25-year-old was deactivated after experiencing numbness in his right middle finger, which is an issue often consistent with thoracic outlet syndrome, a condition that often requires surgical intervention. Velasquez met with a TOS specialist last week, but the Phillies have yet to provide word on whether he's dealing with the condition or if he'll need to undergo a procedure in the coming weeks. More news on that front should come in the near future, but even if Velasquez doesn't need to go under the knife, his fantasy outlook has dimmed considerably heading into 2018. After a promising first season with the Phillies, Velasquez took a major step back in 2017, producing a 5.13 ERA and 1.50 WHIP and surrendering 15 home runs over 72 innings.
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