Andrew Kittredge of the Tampa Bay Rays will undergo Tommy John surgery

MINNEAPOLIS Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Andrew KittredgeIn another blow to the bullpen, All-Star 2021 Tommy John elbow surgery will be performed.

Kevin Cash, the manager, made the announcement before Friday's Minnesota game.

Kittredge (32 years old) was placed on the injured waiting list on Thursday. However, the initial plan for treatment was to perform a minor procedure to remove any loose bodies from the elbow. Kittredge will require a ligament replacement after further examination. It is likely that Kittredge will take more than one year to fully recover.

Kittredge, who had been absent for 17 games due to tightness in the lower back, just returned from Sunday's game. After making his second appearance since his return from the injured list Kittredge felt his right arm tighten and couldn't straighten. Kittredge now has five saves from eight attempts and a 3.15 ERA over 17 games.

The Rays currently have 11 pitchers on their injured list, six of them relievers. Kittredge joins Nick Anderson, J.T. Chargois, Pete Fairbanks J.P. Feyereisen They are key late-inning options and currently on the sidelines. Anderson and Fairbanks are yet to pitch this season.

The Rays also placed their second 2021 All-Star, the catcher. Mike ZuninoFriday: Inflammation in his left arm. He had been suffering from soreness for several week.

Cash said, “It got up to the point where it was affecting everything a bit, even catch, so definitely swinging.” “Feel like it's time to calm down and hope it's a shorter stay.”

Zunino scored 33 home runs last year and had a career-high.860 OPS in just 109 games. This season, he's only batting.148 with five homers and a.499 OPS over 36 games.

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