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Braves pitcher Spencer Strider to sit out remainder of season following UCL surgery.

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Braves ace Spencer Strider will miss rest of season after UCL surgery

The Atlanta Braves have announced that pitcher Spencer Strider will miss the remainder of the season due to surgery on his right elbow. The procedure to repair the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) was performed by Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, using an internal brace.

Strider first experienced discomfort in his elbow after pitching in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 5. An MRI revealed damage to his UCL, leading to the decision for surgery. Braves manager Brian Snitker expressed disappointment, stating, “You never expect these things to be good or just a blip on the screen.”

The 25-year-old had an impressive season in 2023, leading the majors in wins and strikeouts. However, he struggled in the two starts he made this year with a 7.00 ERA and 12 strikeouts.

Strider’s injury adds to the list of prominent pitchers sidelined this season with elbow injuries, including Shane Bieber of the Cleveland Guardians, Jonathan Loáisiga of the New York Yankees, Eury Pérez of the Miami Marlins, and Trevor Gott of the Oakland Athletics.

The loss of Strider is a significant blow to the Braves’ pitching rotation, and his absence will be felt for the rest of the season. We wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him back on the mound stronger than ever in the future.

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