Rangers reliever Joe Barlow has undergone a minor surgery to separate two tendons in his right wrist, according to Kennedi Landry of MLB.com. Barlow is expected to be ready by spring training. The issue contributed to the blister issues that affected the right hander throughout the season, and landed him on the IL twice.
An eleventh round pick in the 2016 draft, Barlow threw 35 innings out of the Rangers bullpen in 2022, pitching to a 3.86 ERA. That was a decent drop from his rookie campaign in 2021, when Barlow pitched to a 1.55 ERA over 29 innings, though the blister problems may well have played a significant part in that. While Barlow’s walk rate remained steady, his strikeout rate dipped (24.3% to 19.2%) and his home run rate increased (0.6 HR/9 to 1.3 HR/9).
He had earned the team’s closer role to start the campaign, and converted 13 of 17 save opportunities, but was demoted from the role shortly before landing on the IL in July. The Rangers will hope the surgery alleviates those blister problems, and allows Barlow to return to being a strong contributor out of their bullpen.