Wittgren announced on Instagram that he underwent surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur in his elbow.
Wittgren was placed on the disabled list on July 28 after suffering a right elbow strain. He struggled out of the bullpen this year, posting a 4.68 ERA across 42.1 innings. The 26-year-old was used primarily in low-leverage situations, and it seems likely that he'll stay in that role next season.
Wittgren was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a right elbow strain Friday.
The DL stint caps off a difficult month of July for Wittgren, who has posted an 8.18 ERA and concerning 11:7 K:BB over 10 appearances, including his last outing in which he allowed three earned runs while recording just two outs. There's no timetable for Wittgren's return at this point, but Odrisimar Despaigne was recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to take his spot in the bullpen.
Wittgren has surpassed his strikeout totals from last season, posting 43 in 42.1 innings so far this season.
In all of 2016, Wittgren only struck out 42 in 51.2 innings. With the improved strikeout numbers, however, has come an increase in walks as well. He is at 13 free passes in 2017, up from the 10 he had last year in his rookie season.
Wittgren has an ERA of 2.73 with 31 strikeouts and four holds this season.
Wittgren has avoided the sophomore slump this year, improving almost every stat from his rookie season. Despite the success, the former ninth-round draft pick hasn't seen much action in high leverage situations, but the four holds in the last month are reassuring for those holding out hope that his role will only get bigger as the season unfolds.
Wittgren has given up five runs and struck out 14 in 14.1 innings since getting recalled in early May from Triple-A New Orleans.
Wittgren is pitching well this season, showing improvement on his 2016 rookie season when he had an ERA of 3.14 and a WHIP of 1.16. He's improved so far on both fronts this season, with his ERA down to 3.00 and WHIP sitting at 1.05. Meanwhile, the strikeout ratio has increased this year to 9.0 K/9 from last season's mark of 7.3. He's been buried at the bottom of Miami's bullpen this season, but his recent outings in three straight games from May 28-30 suggests more meaningful playing time could be in his future.
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