Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Cody underwent should surgery, the team announced on yesterday. The team indicated that the hope was that Cody would be back and ready to pitch again in the second half of 2022.
This is a disappointing blow for Cody, who was the Rangers’ minor league pitcher of the year in 2017, but has only pitched 49 innings since then due to injuries and COVID. Cody had an elbow strain in the spring of 2018, went the rest and rehab route, but after two outings in the AZL had a setback and ultimately needed Tommy John surgery, which cost him the rest of 2018 and all of 2019.
Cody was healthy in 2020 and joined the major league pitching staff in mid-August, putting up a 1.59 ERA and a 3.90 FIP in 22.2 IP over 8 appearances, including tandeming with John King in September. Cody won a job out of spring training in the Rangers’ bullpen, but put up a 7.94 ERA and 5.46 FIP in 11.1 IP before landing on the injured list with shoulder soreness. He’s been out since April, and apparently now will be out until at least July, 2022.
The specific procedure Cody is having is labral debridement surgery, which is done to remove damaged cartilage which is preventing a torn labrum from healing. Shoulder surgery for pitchers in general is ominous, and one has to be concerned about whether the 27 year old righthander is going to be able to make it back to where he was pre-injury.
While Cody still has five years of team control remaining after his year of service time in 2021, I am not sure that, given the uncertain prognosis and his having to be on the injured list for at least the first half of 2022, the Rangers will want to keep him on the 40 man roster this offseason. I would not be surprised if the Rangers look to non-tender him in December and try to re-sign him to a minor league deal, if they don’t try to waive him and outright him before then.