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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Dane Dunning undergoes Tommy John surgery as another White Sox prospect goes on the shelf

Another highly rated White Sox prospect will spend much of the next year in recovery mode.

Dane Dunning underwent Tommy John surgery Monday, the team told reporters in Arizona, pairing him with Michael Kopech as pitching prospects in recovery mode.

Dunning was shut down last June because of a forearm issue, the White Sox hoping to avoid Tommy John at that time. He wasn’t invited to big league camp this spring, with general manager Rick Hahn explaining that decision away as a way to ease Dunning into the 2019 campaign. But Dunning again experienced forearm discomfort during camp, and Hahn said last week that all options were on the table, including the Tommy John surgery that came Monday.

Think they regret not going for it vis a vis free agents this off-season?


QLE Posted: March 19, 2019 at 03:20 AM | 5 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: dane dunning, tommy john surgery, white sox

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   1. Greg Pope Posted: March 19, 2019 at 09:32 AM (#5823651)
These are minor leaguers, so maybe not the same thing. But wasn't it a couple of years ago that the White Sox were lauded for being able to keep all of their pitchers healthy?
   2. I am Ted F'ing Williams Posted: March 19, 2019 at 12:23 PM (#5823737)
The ones undergoing TJ are ones they received in trades.
   3. Bote Man Posted: March 19, 2019 at 12:29 PM (#5823739)
The Nats win the Adam Eaton trade!!!11!!1
   4. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: March 19, 2019 at 12:33 PM (#5823743)
That trade is turning out like Michael Pineda for Jesus Montero.

edit: Actually, the sox also got Reynaldo Lopez, who was pretty good last year. More than offsetting Gioloto's suck.
   5. Walt Davis Posted: March 19, 2019 at 06:08 PM (#5823883)
#1: yes. That was over something like a 15 year period so it's not as if a couple of injuries would really be enough to end that kind of performance. There also has been plenty of turnover in terms of FO, on-field, minor-league coaches, etc. although I think Don Cooper has been there the whole time.

Over the last 17 seasons, the White Sox have had 58 pitcher-seasons of 25+ starts (about 3.5 per year). I'm not sure who they should be comped to but the Dodgers had just 49, the Yanks 54 and the AL as a whole only 717 ... about 46 per team. So not miraculous but about 0.5 pitchers per year more. When you figure in the Sox didn't always have great pitchers, we might have expected them to have more guys pulled for performance reasons as well so possibly their health track record is better than that looks.

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