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Spencer Strider has season-ending elbow surgery

By Sports Desk April 13, 2024

Atlanta Braves ace and 2023 All-Star Spencer Strider will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right elbow Friday.

Strider, 25, had his right ulnar collateral ligament repaired by Dr. Keith Meister, the club announced Saturday.

The procedure was notably a repair of Strider’s existing UCL with an internal brace, not a total reconstruction, also known as Tommy John surgery.

While UCL repairs typically require less recovery time than Tommy John surgery, the Braves said that Strider will not return this season.

Strider pitched four innings in the Braves’ 6-5 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 5, leaving the game with elbow discomfort. An MRI the next day revealed damage to his UCL.

Strider led the major leagues with 20 wins and 281 strikeouts last season and finished fourth in NL Cy Young Award voting.

The flame-throwing right-hander made two starts in 2024, allowing seven runs in nine innings.

Elbow injuries have ravaged major league pitching staffs early this season, with the Cleveland Guardians announcing last week that ace Shane Bieber will undergo Tommy John surgery. New York Yankees ace and reigning AL Cy Young winner Gerrit Cole is out at least until June with elbow inflammation.

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