The bad news just got worse for San Francisco Giants right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede. Roughly two weeks after Beede sprained his UCL in a Spring Training game, Giants president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi announced that Beede will undergo Tommy John surgery.
The surgery is scheduled for Friday in Dallas, Texas.
Tyler Beede is having Tommy John surgery tomorrow, Farhan Zaidi announced.— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) March 19, 2020
After the injury, Beede expressed optimism that surgery would not be required. The hope was that some rehab would have him back and pitching in a few months. But Tommy John surgery effectively ended his 2020 campaign — if there even is a 2020 season — before it even began.
To say the timing is as good as is possible is a little off base, given the severity of the injury, and, of course, the severity of the coronavirus outbreak. But with the pandemic causing an indefinite suspension in play, it’s as good of a time as any to undergo extensive surgery.
With that said, the suspension of play does not appear to be a factor in the team opting for surgery.
Zaidi: Doctor's consensus was for Tyler Beede to undergo surgery given his age and the possible recurrence of elbow pain if he tried to rehab it. The pause in the 2020 schedule wasn't really a factor.— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) March 19, 2020
Beede looked strong during Spring Training, and was the favorite to win the fifth spot in the starting rotation. It appeared that he and the new coaching staff were working very well together.
Instead, his focus will turn to rehab and the 2021 season.