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Tigers RHP Alex Faedo will undergo Tommy John surgery

Faedo was shut down in August due to forearm tightness, and will now miss the 2021 season.

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Well, this isn’t great. Detroit Tigers prospect Alex Faedo will undergo Tommy John surgery later this month, according to the team.

Faedo, along with fellow right-handed pitcher Matt Manning, was shut down for the season in August due to forearm tightness. While no formal minor league season was played due to coronavirus, Faedo was pitching regularly with the rest of the Tigers’ “taxi squad” in Toledo. The shutdown ended any shot Faedo had at a major league debut in 2020.

Now, Faedo is facing two lost seasons in a row. The 6’5 righthander enjoyed a bounce-back season in 2019 after a lackluster debut the year prior, striking out 134 hitters in 115 13 innings at Double-A Erie. Had the 2020 season gone as planned, Faedo would have spent most of the year in Toledo, pushing to make his MLB debut alongside fellow pitching prospects Casey Mize and Tarik Skubal. Instead, the minor league season was cancelled, and Faedo missed a good portion of the club’s “summer camp” after a positive COVID-19 diagnosis.

Faedo’s absence in 2021 should not change the Tigers’ plans all that much. They have already been looking to add pitching depth this offseason, and Faedo was almost certain to begin the 2021 season in the minor leagues. He is currently on their 40-man roster, which may limit their flexibility somewhat during the offseason, but will be eligible to go on the 60-day injured list once spring training begins.

How Faedo will fit into the Tigers’ future plans is an open question — he will be entering his age-26 season in 2022, assuming a normal recovery timeline — but one we won’t be able to answer for quite a while now. Until then, here’s hoping Faedo’s surgery goes well and that he recovers quickly.