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The Marlins announced Thursday that Max Meyer would undergo Tommy John surgery to repair a tear in his right UCL.
The 23-year-old prospect was ranked No. 20 on the MLB Pipeline rankings, but the Marlins (and fantasy managers) have now lost him for the rest of this season and, most likely, the entire 2023 season. He is droppable in all redraft leagues, but those in dynasty need to decide what to do based on the number of IL/NA spots available and how much they believe he will return to his previous self after the long recovery from major surgery.
Max Meyer has been placed on the 15-day injured list with a right elbow sprain on Sunday.
This is a tough break for the highly-touted young pitcher, as he was playing in just his second major league game and had to leave in the first inning. This injury is of concern since Meyer missed time in the minor leagues earlier this year with the same issue. He'll sit out for a couple of weeks and if all goes well could return to the team sometime in August. In his two starts, he produced a 7.50 ERA and 1.50 WHIP with six strikeouts across six innings of work.
Max Meyer was removed in the first inning of Saturday's start against the Pirates with right elbow discomfort.
Meyer recorded the first two outs before walking Ke'Bryan Hayes and signaling to the dugout. He dealt with ulnar nerve irritation earlier in the year so this could be related. But, either way, expect the Marlins to exercise extreme caution with Meyer, and expect an IL stint to be coming up.
Max Meyer is slated to start Saturday in Pittsburgh and may stay in the rotation going forward.
Meyer had a rough first start in the big leagues, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in 5 1/3 innings pitched on July 16 against the Phillies. The highly touted prospect has pitched well in 12 games with Triple-A Jacksonville this year. He posted a 3.72 ERA, .188 OBA, and 65 strikeouts in 58 innings. If Meyer sticks in the rotation for the remainder of the season, he could be valuable down the home stretch of the fantasy season.
Max Meyer worked 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's 10-0 loss to the Phillies, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five.
Meyer certainly displayed some promise in his much anticipated MLB debut Saturday. The 23-year-old righty leaned heavily on his slider, producing a strong 14.3-percent swinging-strike rate with the pitch. He also sat regularly in the mid-90s with his heater. Meyer got through the first three innings without surrendering a run, but the Phillies got to him a bit the more they saw his stuff. Ultimately, this was an encouraging outing versus a stout lineup. The third-overall pick of the 2020 draft should see more big-league action in the second half.