Mariners’ Penn Murfee will undergo Season-Ending UCL Surgery

Penn Murfee
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Just when the Mariners thought they were getting away from the injury bug. More fuel is now being added to that fire as it’s announced that reliever Penn Murfee will undergo season-ending UCL Surgery. With this news comes the addition that lefty starter Marco Gonzales has been shut down for at least two weeks. As well as, on the heels of the announcement that Chris Flexen has been Designated for Assignment.

Murfee has been a strong presence in the Mariners’ bullpen over the past two years. A season ago he boasted a 2.99 ERA in 69 1/3 innings, striking out 27.9% of opponents against a 6.6% walk rate in his rookie campaign. Amidst some command struggles this season, the 29-year-old has dropped his ERA to 1.29. He’s been on the Injured List twice this season with Elbow Inflammation. This time though, he’ll undergo the knife.

Though, as of now, it is not clear what type of surgery Penn Murfee will require. A full ulnar colateral ligament reconstuction, also known as Tommy John surgery, will require 14 to 18 months on the shelf. The internal brace alternative is closer to a year. That means that, in addition to missing the remainder of the 2023 season, Murfee will miss a chunk of the 2024 campaign as well.

Mariners’ Pitching prospect Taylor Dollard is also undergoing a season-ending surgery. Though, his is a labrum surgery. He is set to miss this season, though the timetable beyond that is unknown. The Mariners have already seen Robbie Ray undergo a season-ending surgery and Andres Munoz was on the IL for a couple months.

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