Brian Snitker, manager of the Braves, has announced that Tyler Matzek, a relief pitcher for the team, will have Tommy John surgery on Wednesday. After experiencing pain in his elbow late in the regular season, Matzek, 31, was ruled out for the playoffs. Early in the week, he had appointments with doctors who confirmed his need for surgery.
“I hate it for him,” Snitker stated on Wednesday. “He has had a tough year overall. I dunno, maybe that’s the deal here. Furthermore, I believe he is pleased with himself for moving ahead and finishing it/getting the process started.”
With Matzek on the team, the Braves were able to win the 2021 World Series. He made 13 postseason appearances and allowed just three earned runs for the World Series champion Atlanta Braves. This year he wasn’t as effective, and in September his ERA was 4.76.
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Snitker believes that “he is still a young man, and can have a pretty excellent career as we’ve seen what he can achieve.” “I feel terrible for him because he will never have this opportunity again. But from what I gathered from our conversation, he was in a good place before he departed for the exam, and I believe he felt confident about his future and taking care of this.”
The Atlanta Braves have picked up Matzek’s remaining years on his contract. Matzek’s debut came with their AA team, the Mississippi Braves. Matzek was called up to the Braves AAA team, the Gwinnett Stripers, after just one appearance, during which he allowed one run on two hits while striking out five batters. If you can’t find a citation,
Matzek returned to the major leagues for the first time since 2015 after being named to the Opening Day roster for the 2020 season. In 2020, he made 21 bullpen appearances totaling 29 innings and had a 4-3 record with a 2.79 ERA while striking out 43 batters. He made 69 bullpen appearances in 2021, throwing 63 innings and striking out 77 hitters while posting a losing record of 4 losses and a 2.57 earned run average.
Against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of the 2021 NL Championship Series, Matzek threw two scoreless innings while striking out four batters and earning the victory.
Matzek came into the game with runners on second and third and no outs and struck out the side, allowing the Braves to win their first championship since 1999. In Game 6 of the 2021 World Series, which Atlanta won to seal the championship, Matzek came into the game as a relief pitcher.
For the first 13 games of the 2022 season, Matzek appeared in relief and went 0-1. His 5.06 ERA was the worst in the league. Inflammation in his shoulder forced the Braves to put him on the injured list on May 17. Not until July 4 did Matzek come back to the squad.
Matzek was not included in the 2022 National League Division Series roster because of elbow pain, and a few hours before Game 2 of the series, Braves manager Brian Snitker announced that Matzek will have Tommy John surgery.