Jonathan Hernandez had Tommy John surgery, the Texas Rangers announced today. The righthanded relief pitcher was shut down a month ago due to elbow soreness, and the hope was that rest and rehab would suffice. Apparently there is still pain, however, and he he elected to have surgery today as a result.
Hernandez and Jose Leclerc were hoped to be a dynamic one-two combination at the back of the bullpen for the Rangers this year. Now both will be out until sometime after the start of the 2022 season due to TJS.
The Rangers also announced that Matt Bush will be out at least 12 weeks due to a flexor tendon strain on his right elbow. You may recall that the flexor tendon was what knocked Colby Lewis out during the 2012 season, starting a whole series of events that led to much sadness.
Also on the injury front, Josh Jung, recovering from a broken foot, is expected to be back in late May or early June. Sam Huff is rehabbing in Arizona. Khris Davis is supposed to be ready in a couple of weeks, potentially creating some difficult roster decisions.