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Astros prospect RHP Forrest Whitley (elbow) has reported to West Palm Beach to begin a throwing program.
Whitley was once considered the top pitching prospect in baseball. However, he dealt with ineffectiveness before needing Tommy John surgery earlier this year. He'll aim to get his career back on track sometime next season. Whitley turns 24 in mid-September.
Astros manager Dusty Baker says pitching prospect Forrest Whitley will undergo Tommy John surgery.
As expected. Whitley dealt with arm soreness at the start of spring training, which ultimately led to today's announcement. It's another brutal blow for a player who was once considered the No. 1 pitching prospect in baseball. Whitley won't pitch at any level until midway through the 2022 campaign. He can be dropped outside of the deepest of dynasty leagues.
Forrest Whitely will be looking for a second opinion after being recommended to get Tommy John surgery.
This is very unfortunate news for someone who was viewed as one of the premier pitching prospects. His early career has been hampered by injuries. Hopefully, he can get healthy.
Astros manager Dusty Baker says pitching prospect Forrest Whitley experienced arm soreness during a recent simulated game.
It's another setback for the former elite pitching prospect. Whitley was once considered the best starter in the minor leagues but injuries and ineffectiveness has taken their toll in recent years. It remains to be seen if this arm soreness will require him to shut down from throwing for a bit.
Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley arrived to camp on Wednesday.
The 23-year-old was once considered the best pitching prospect in the sport. However, it has now been three years since witnessed his immense potential, as Whitley has dealt with both injuries and ineffectiveness in recent campaigns. He's still a top-100 prospect at most publications but time is running out for him. Houston will likely have him debut at some point in 2021.