Merryweather was reported as the PTBNL last month, but he wasn't able to be officially traded since he was on the minor-league disabled list. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery back in March, so he may miss some time at the beginning of next season.
Merryweather can't officially be named as he is on the minor-league disabled list after undergoing Tommy John in March, but is currently the agreed-upon player between the two clubs. The 26-year-old had a 6.58 ERA, 1.67 WHIP and 76:25 K:BB in 16 starts at Triple-A Columbus in 2017.
Merryweather underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, ending any sliver of hope the 26-year-old had of cracking the Tribe's Opening Day roster. With the right-hander out for the season, expect Cleveland to eventually move him to the 60-day disabled list in order to open up an extra spot on the 40-man roster.
Merryweather will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
Merryweather was diagnosed with a sprained UCL earlier in the week, and a second opinion ultimately deemed the right-hander would require Tommy John surgery. This is a tough break for the 26-year-old, who was a lesser known prospect who had the ability to make an impact in the majors this season. Merryweather will now turn his attention to the long road of rehab ahead of him.
Merryweather has a sprained UCL in his right elbow and will get a second opinion Tuesday, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports.
This doesn't sound good, as it checks a lot of the boxes of a report that is precedes the announcement of Tommy John surgery. Merryweather was an under-the-radar late-blooming pitching prospect who had a chance to make an impact in redraft leagues in 2018. The 26-year-old righty notched a 6.58 ERA in 78 innings at Triple-A last year, but he dealt with some bad luck, and his 3.89 xFIP is more indicative of how he handled the level. He doesn't have monster stuff, but he has a good enough repertoire to profile as a No. 4 or No. 5 starter. He should not be drafted in redraft leagues, given news of this injury.
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