Rangers right-hander Ricky Vanasco recently injured his knee fielding a ground ball and had surgery to repair his meniscus, per Kennedi Landry of MLB.com. He is expected to be out of action for the next four to six weeks.
It’s surely a frustrating development for the 24-year-old, as he also had the 2020 season canceled by the pandemic and then missed all of 2021 recovering from Tommy John surgery. In spite of those setbacks, he was added to the club’s 40-man roster in November of 2021 to protect him from being selected in the Rule 5 draft. Baseball America has considered him one of the top 30 prospects in the system in three straight years starting in 2020.
He was able to return to the mound last year, making 23 starts between Class-A Advanced and Double-A. His 4.68 ERA wasn’t terribly special, but he did strike out 28.9% of batters faced. It’s likely that a 12.7% walk rate helped put some of those earned runs on his ledger, but that’s fairly understandable given his long layoff. Unfortunately, he’ll now have to face another layoff, missing at least a few weeks here to start 2023. Once he returns to health, he’ll look to get back in a good groove.
This guy could really break out if he could get & stay healthy.
meniscus my peniscus
WAIT ! Wrong knee !
Will he be phoning in Patellahealth?