Boston Red Sox: Top Pitching Prospect Bryan Mata Undergoes Tommy John Surgery, Tweets He's Grateful

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About five weeks ago, the Red Sox announced that Bryan Mata had a tear of his UCL.  The 21-year-old right-hander tried a training regiment in order to avoid having surgery.  Unfortunately, that did not work for Mata and he went under the knife on Tuesday in Los Angeles, according to Chris Cotillo of MassLive.

Red Sox top pitching prospect Bryan Mata. / Courtesy of Matt Stone, Media News Group

Mata initially had an MRI on this triceps after feeling soreness in that area.  The MRI yielded the unfortunate news he had a tear in his UCL.  At the time of the news, manager Alex Cora would say, “Unfortunately with Bryan, he has a slight tear in his UCL,” said Cora. 

“So we’re going to shut him down.  The way we’re going to go with him is going to be treatment.  The doctors and the physicians feel like it’s small enough that we think with treatment and doing that, he should be fine.  Obviously, it’s going to take some time.  There’s no timetable.  There’s going to be a few checkpoints throughout the process.  And if he’s disciplined and follows everything that we are set to do, the hope is for him to come back.  But like I said, no timetables.  As you guys know, he’s very important for us.  It’s a tough one.  At the same time, we do believe he’s going to bounce back and he’s going to be OK.”

In an effort to try and bounce back, Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush talked about his new training program. 


“He’s in a rehab protocol right now,” Red Sox pitching coach Dave Bush said.  “There’s some strengthening exercises they’re doing.  A whole variety.  I’m not even sure exactly what they all are.  But he will get back into a throwing program before too long to test it out and build from there.  I don’t have a lot of specifics on it just because he’s (spent) more time with the trainers lately.  Certainly he’s not throwing, not on the mound.  But I still see him every day.  He’s in here every day doing his rehab work and working back towards the throwing program.”


He didn’t bounce back, and the team announced that he had Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles.  Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles.


Mata, who will turn 22 in May, is ranked as the Red Sox No. 1 pitching prospect according to Baseball America. 


He posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 21 starts between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland in 2019.  He averaged 9.5 strikeouts compared to 3.6 walks per nine innings.


With opting for the surgery, Mata will likely be shutdown for 12-16 months.  He'll likely be sidelined until the summer of 2022.

 


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