Analysis

Casey Sadler’s Journey Back From Tommy John Surgery

Casey Sadler made his return to games this week after recovering from Tommy John surgery. Photo Credit: Tim Williams
Casey Sadler’s Journey Back From Tommy John Surgery
Sean McCool

BRADENTON, Fla. - The 2015 season was supposed to be a big season for Casey Sadler, as he was teetering on the edge of a Major League roster spot and actually began the year with a spot start for the Pirates. Sadler threw well on that April 12th start against the Brewers, pitching five innings and only allowing two runs to pick up his first big league win.  He was optioned back to Indianapolis after the start and was pitching well through mid-May (2.12 ERA, .185 BAA, 7 starts, 46.2 IP). Then, things just seemed to go downhill with his control beginning to fail him over the next month -- until that final start on June 21st in Charlotte, where Sadler allowed ten runs in 4.1 innings.

Unfortunately for Sadler, it wasn't just one quick pop after a pitch that put him out; rather, it was a gra...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis
Sean McCool

Sean joined Pirates Prospects before the 2015 season began, covering the Altoona Curve. During the day, he is a marketing professional for Penn Highlands Community College in Johnstown, PA. Sean also dabbles with the guitar, emcees weddings, and plays disc golf.

More in Analysis

Williams: It Appears the Lack of Direction From the Pirates Has Been Noticed by the Players

Tim WilliamsFebruary 20, 2018

Clint Hurdle and Neal Huntington Discuss the Recent Player Complaints

Tim WilliamsFebruary 20, 2018

Pirates Notebook: The Biggest Takeaways From the First Full Squad Workout

Alan SaundersFebruary 19, 2018

Elias Diaz Says His Mother is Doing Well, and is Working to Get His Family Out of Venezuela

Tim WilliamsFebruary 19, 2018

Josh Harrison: “I think there needs to be some type of communication to know that the plan is to win.”

Tim WilliamsFebruary 18, 2018

Gerrit Cole: “A Lot of the Things That David Freese Said Were Right”

Alan SaundersFebruary 17, 2018

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2017 Pirates Prospects