Catcher Kevin Krause, the ninth round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates last season, will undergo Tommy John surgery in New York today, ending his season before it ever got started.
The injury occurred in Spring Training and he was attempting rest and a Platelet Rich Plasma injection to help speed the recovery. Due to the fact it takes position players 7-8 months to recover from Tommy John surgery, there was no harm in waiting to see if the rest/injection would help first. The recovery time from the surgery back in March would have ended his season, including a chance to play in the Fall Instructional League regardless. He should be ready to return to full action by Spring Training next season.
Krause hit seven homers last year for Jamestown, showing more power than what was expected. He had a .923 OPS in 39 games. He was expected to share catching duties at West Virginia this year with Taylor Gushue, while also seeing some time in the outfield.