Marlins Pitcher Eury Perez Needs Tommy John Surgery, Will Miss 2024 Season

The 20-year-old is one of the top pitching prospects in baseball.
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Miami Marlins righthanded pitcher Eury Perez will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the entire 2024 season, the team announced today. The 20-year-old has been sidelined with elbow discomfort for several weeks and the team has been taking a conservative approach to the developing ace early in his career, but none of those steps were successful in preventing serious injury.

Perez finished seventh in National League Rookie of the Year voting last year after going 5-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 19 starts. He also posted an encouraging 3.48 strikeout-to-walk ratio and by all indications was ready to become the club's next homegrown star on the mound.

It's the latest bit of bad news for the Marlins, who are off to an 0-7 start this season. Sandy Alcantara, Perez's mentor, underwent Tommy John surgery last October and will miss the 2024 season.

Young pitchers having to get Tommy John surgery is almost baked into the process for major league teams at this point, but it's always bad for the sport when one of its more electric arms is sidelined.

Kyle Koster is an editor at The Big Lead.

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