According to Bill Brink, Pirates’ GM Neal Huntington informed him that Casey Sadler had Tommy John surgery after the season ended. The timing of the surgery means that he will miss the entire 2016 season. The 25-year-old righty made one spot start for the Pirates this season, allowing two runs over five innings back in early April. He then went down to Indianapolis and started off strong, tailing off at the end and eventually being shutdown at the end of June.
In early July, he admitted that he was dealing with a right forearm strain all season and rest and rehab couldn’t fix the problem. Due to the timing of the injury and eventual shutdown, Sadler would have missed all of 2016 anyway, so the rest/rehab attempt made sense.
He becomes the 16th member of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization to have Tommy John surgery. Among all know cases, the Pirates are ahead of any of organization in baseball, though many of the Pirates’ cases weren’t announced, and are only known because we inquired about the players. So the Pirates are first overall as far as we know, with the Mets having the second most with 14 players.
Casey Sadler had Tommy John ligament replacement surgery after the season, Pirates GM Neal Huntington told me today.
— Bill Brink (@BrinkPG) November 5, 2015