Brent Honeywell suffers torn UCL, will require Tommy John surgery

(Feb 23/2018)

Brent Honeywell, the Tampa Bay Rays top rated pitching prospect, will require Tommy John surgery after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament while throwing live batting practice yesterday. The injury was originally reported as a forearm strain, but it was immediately feared that he might require TJ surgery. That news was confirmed this morning by several media outlets, and Honeywell himself spoke to reporters this morning to explain what happened. Here's the video from Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times:
Here's an excerpt from Marc Topkin's article on Honeywell's injury:
Honeywell said he was throwing harder Thursday than he ever had, but insisted that was not cause of the UCL tear, that it was "inevitable," would have happened at some point. He also was adamant that his "unconventional" approach to pitching – including throwing a screwball – has nothing to do with UCL tear.
This is terrible news for both Honeywell and the Rays as spring training games kick off across Florida and Arizona today. Honeywell was expected to join the Rays Major League roster after the super 2 deadline, and is projected as a big part of their future starting rotation. Here's hoping that Honeywell can make a full recovery and join their rotation sometime during the 2019 season.

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