Ferguson Will Undergo Tommy John surgery

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Copyrighted by Sarah Morris, 2020

Thursday, the Los Angeles Dodgers received bad news about Caleb Ferguson.

Ferguson was the most effective left-handed reliever during the 2020 season, but sometime next week he will undergo his second Tommy John surgery. When he was a senior in high school, he underwent a successful Tommy John surgery.

The average recovery time for Tommy John surgery is 18 months; thus, Ferguson, barring any setbacks, should be ready for spring training in 2022.

Unlike most left-handed relievers, Ferguson possesses a good fastball, curveball, slider, and a changeup. When he has good command, he is dominating against both right-handed and left-handed hitters.

Losing Ferguson before the playoffs begin is a quite blow for the Dodgers. Although the Dodger bullpen has been a strength for the team, the bullpen has weaknesses. Pedro Báez has been a good reliever for years, but this year after a groin injury, Báez’s fastball has decreased velocity, making his off-speed pitches less effective.

Joe Kelly has not pitched since August. Before he went on the IL with shoulder inflammation, Kelly had command issues. Command issues have plagued him throughout his career.

Kenley Jansen has struggled during September. Many Dodger fans want the Dodgers to replace Jansen as the closer. But with who? Blake Treinen is the eighth-inning setup man. Brusdar Graterol is too young to handle to pitch the ninth inning, particularly during the postseason.

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