The Detroit Tigers are dealing with a ton of injuries at this point in the season. And, a lot of them are impacting the team's pitching rotation and bullpen, including pitcher Casey Mize. Nearly two months after his original elbow injury, Mize is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery.
Tigers beat reporter Jason Beck tweeted the update Friday afternoon.
Casey Mize will undergo Tommy John surgery, A.J. Hinch said. His UCL is still intact, but a visit with Dr. Keith Meister showed it has stretched to the point that it has lost elasticity.
— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 10, 2022
This is horrible news for Mize and the Tigers, but, as noted by Beck, it's different than other cases. UCL tears are common for pitchers and result in Tommy John surgery. However, in Mize's case, his UCL isn't torn, but it has lost its elasticity.
Mize suffered the injury in the Tigers' series opener against the Kansas City Royals. He pitched five innings in the win, and was placed on the 10-day injured list the next day for a right elbow sprain. Further testing revealed that Mize's right elbow injury was more specifically a sprained medial collateral ligament.
Plagued by injuries, the Tigers are well below .500 after 56 games with a losing record of 23-33. However, this could change quickly. Detroit just swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in their two-game road series. And now, they have the momentum to pick up a few more wins in their upcoming series. The three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays kicks off with Game 1 Friday night.