Left-handed pitcher Robbie Ray will reportedly undergo season-ending surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his left elbow. The 31-year-old former Cy Young winner only started one game this year for the Seattle Mariners, allowing three earned runs in 3.1 innings of work. He’s been very durable in his career, but hasn’t pitched much this year as a result of this injury.
Ray was drafted by the Detroit Tigers before spending the bulk of his career with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ray then was traded to Toronto, where he won the 2021 AL Cy Young award with the Blue Jays.
He was initially placed on the 15 day IL, but further testing revealed more damage than initially diagnosed. Ray signed a five-year deal worth $115 million with Seattle prior to the 2022 season. He had a solid year last year so this is a very unfortunate setback for his career. Ray will have to look ahead to the 2024 season.
How this affects the Mariners
Seattle will certainly miss Robbie Ray, but with an already strong rotation, they should be able to hold up just fine. Luis Castillo, Logan Gilbert, and George Kirby have been solid for the Mariners this season.
They find themselves in fourth place of the AL West, in front of only the abysmal Oakland Athletics. They are 11-12 this year which is not the start they envisioned. The offense has been the issue for Seattle. They rank 26th in batting average in the MLB.
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