We previously reported that Oakland Athletics prospect Skylar Szynski had Tommy John surgery to correct an injury to his elbow, but we have received clarification that the surgery Szynski had was a “repair surgery” rather than the full reconstruction.
According to A’s Director of Player Development Keith Lieppman, Szynski is on a conservative rehab path from the procedure, but the A’s hope to have Szynski back by mid-April. That is a much quicker timeframe than Tommy John surgery, which likely would have cost Szynski most, if not all, of the 2018 season.
Szynski was the A’s 2016 fourth-round pick and he received a $1 million bonus to forgo college. The hard-throwing right-hander out of Indiana had an impressive spring training and was on-track to pitch with Low-A Beloit before an elbow injury popped up late in camp. He turned 20 in July.
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