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Minnesota Twins hope Kenta Maeda can return in 9-12 months after undergoing Tommy John surgery

- Minnesota Twins right-hander Kenta Maeda had season-ending Tommy John surgery Wednesday in Dallas, the team said.

The 33-year-old right-hander from Japan was placed on the 10-day injured list Aug. 24 with right forearm tightness. Texas Rangers orthopedic surgeon Keith Meister performed the surgery.

Meister added an internal brace to the arm, a recent development in the Tommy John technique that could help speed the rate of recovery, which is traditionally at least a year. The Twins hope Maeda could return in nine to 12 months.

“There are never any guarantees, but we are pretty good on the medical side with rehabbing this kind of injury and getting guys back to full health,’’ Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Maeda was the runner-up in the American League Cy Young Award voting last season, when he went 6-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 11 starts. In 21 starts this season, Maeda was 6-5 with a 4.66 ERA.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: September 01, 2021 at 10:15 PM | 2 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: September 02, 2021 at 01:50 AM (#6037925)
The nice thing for the Twins is that Maeda's contract is such that if he misses the season, they barely have to pay him.
   2. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 02, 2021 at 11:21 AM (#6037972)
I happened to see both his and Tejay Antone’s last pitches live (on TV) in the same week. You could tell immediately where it was going to end up in both cases.

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