On Friday afternoon, the Padres announced that RHP’s Reggie Lawson and Andres Munoz each had successful ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery, otherwise known as Tommy John surgery.
Both surgeries will successful but you can obviously forget seeing either player this season as the regular timetable from this surgery can range from 12-18 months.
The #Padres have announced that RHP’s Reggie Lawson and Andres Muñoz underwent successful ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John) today on their right elbows.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) March 20, 2020
Lawson, 22, was one of the Padres top prospects while Munoz was set to be a key member of the team’s bullpen this season. Munoz was called up last July and immediately showed why this team couldn’t wait to make him a regular part of the rotation as he went on to strike out 30 batters in 23 innings. Munoz is also one of the hardest throwers in baseball with an average fastball timed at 100.1 MPH and max speed of 103.1 MPH.
As of now, RHPs Trey Wingenter and Gerardo Reyes, and lefty Jose Castillo are all Triple-A players that can provide depth. This bullpen is already super deep so their likely able to get by these injuries just fine. But it’s still a huge bummer, nonetheless.