By Adam McGill @adammcgill83twitter.com on March 20, 2014
The three most devastating words to hear regarding a fantasy baseball pitcher is Tommy John surgery. It has become a year-long death sentence for a pitcher and the injured hurler almost never returns to form right away. Unfortunately, there have been a handful of Tommy John casualties already this fantasy season. To help you get caught up to speed, here are the top-five players that will be sliced and diced by Dr. James Andrews this month.
Beachy returned from Tommy John Surgery last season to start five games for Atlanta. Unfortunately, after dealing with some discomfort this spring, the right-hander has decided to have his second TJS. So much for that resurgent fantasy season.
Tommy John surgery is normally only associated with pitchers, but Sano will be the one infielder to break the mold. It came out this month that Sano has been dealing with lingering pain in his throwing elbow and the top-tier prospect will unfortunately miss the entire 2014 season. Sano is still worth hanging onto in dynasty leagues due to his game-changing power, but the prospect's development will take a big step back this year.
Parker was originally slated to be the Opening Day starter for the A's, but the right-hander will now miss the entire 2014 season following Tommy John surgery. This is now the second TJS that Parker has endured throughout his career and it will seriously put his fantasy value in question for the rest of his career.
Medlen was in line for a big fantasy season, but after relentless pain in his elbow, the veteran decided to have Tommy John surgery on Tuesday. This is the second TJS of Medlen's career and has left the Braves with a serious hole in the front of their rotation.
Corbin was perhaps the most disappointing player to see on this list, as he finished with a 14-8 record and 3.41 ERA in his rookie season. It has not officially come out that Corbin needs Tommy John or not, but the fact that he recently visited Dr. James Andrews has to be a big red flag. Look for it to come out any day now that Corbin's 2014 fantasy season is over.
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