The New York Yankees were unsure of when pitcher Mike King could rejoin the rotation when he suffered a right elbow injury last season. One month out from the start of spring training, there is talk that King will be ready for the start of the season.
Mike King detailed the time his career, after becoming a top reliever for the Yankees, took a nasty turn during a game against the Baltimore Orioles, according to Brendan Kuty of The Athletic.
He said, “I felt my elbow pop.” I had no idea what was happening.
The “pop” turned out to be a fracture of his elbow’s tip and olecranon crown. Although the injury is reported to be uncommon in well-grown athletes, it can happen if the pitching arm is overused. King had two metal plates and screws put into his elbow to fix the damage. King is on track to return to the rotation six months after the procedure, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman hopes to have him available for Game 1 of the series.
King’s condition started with soreness in his throwing arm, which is a common symptom for pitchers and always raises concerns about the upcoming surgery, particularly Tommy John surgery.
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Sadly, given how hard these pitchers can throw and the wide range of arm angles, elbow surgery seems to be more common. The combination can exert significant strain on the elbow, namely the tip in King’s case.
It’s also understandable why King would strive to push through the discomfort given that he reached the major leagues after spending years as a mediocre prospect. Once they earn a berth on a squad, players don’t want to lose it.
The Yankees and their supporters will be pleased to see King back in the rotation despite everything.