According to Jason Mackey, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Max Kranick had Tommy John surgery on Friday, which ends his 2022 season early and will have him out during the early part of 2023.
Per sources, Max Kranick had Tommy John surgery yesterday morning. Tough blow for the Scranton native, who had shown a real uptick in velocity this season.
— Jason Mackey (@JMackeyPG) June 4, 2022
Kranick pitched five scoreless innings over two appearances with the Pirates this year. He missed some time early in the season with forearm soreness, which eventually turned into the surgery after being shut down for a second time. He pitched just 8.2 innings in the minors this season, and his final big league appearance on May 11th was also his last outing of the season, though he ended up on the minor league injured list, not the majors. The 24-year-old Kranick had a 6.28 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP in 38.2 innings over nine starts with the 2021 Pirates.
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