Updated 2/14: Dr. Andrews confirmed Bryan Garcia will need Tommy John surgery as anticipated. Chris McCosky has reported that the surgery will take place on Thursday.
Tigers prospect Bryan Garcia will be paying a visit to Dr. James Andrews to investigate recurring elbow pain, per reports. Should Dr. Andrews, who is one of the foremost experts in elbow injuries, see a serious problem it is likely Garcia will undergo Tommy John surgery. If that is the case, he will miss the entire 2018 season.
Garcia was seeing a tremendous rise through the minor league ranks, spending time last season everywhere from the Single-A West Michigan White Caps all the way up to the Triple-A Toledo Mud Hens. In Toledo he appeared in relief in 14 games and had a 4.05 ERA. In High-A Lakeland and Double-A Erie he was nearly untouchable, with a 0.96 ERA over 17 games in Erie, and a 0 ERA in seven games with Lakeland.
Garcia’s meteoric minor league success meant he was likely to make a major league appearance out of the Tigers’ bullpen this season, but Tommy John surgery and the year-long recovery that follows would put a pin in those plans.
The right-handed pitcher was a sixth round selection by the Tigers in the 2016 amateur draft, and pitched at the University of Miami during his amateur career. MLB Pipeline had Garcia slated as the Tigers’ No. 23 prospect.
Should the surgery and recovery be necessary, Garcia will be slated to return for the 2019 season. We will update the story as more news becomes available.