Southpaw Jacob Lindgren will miss the 2018 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery, as David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. He had previously had the same procedure in August of 2016.
Lindgren, who recently turned 25, has opened plenty of eyes since he was taken in the second round of the 2014 draft. In 54 minor-league innings, he has racked up 85 strikeouts and allowed just 11 earned runs on 28 hits.
Though he cracked the majors in his second season as a professional, Lindgren’s career has hit the skids with elbow problems since. The Braves signed him to a major-league deal after the Yankees cut him loose, but Lindgren has yet to pitch competitively with his new organization.
Typically a second TJ surgery in close proximity requires a lengthier rehab process. In this case, then, it’s hard to know when the Braves might expect Lindgren to return. He can certainly be shifted onto the 60-day DL, though managing him on the 40-man roster through the 2018-19 offseason could prove difficult.