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White Sox’ Nate Jones has Tommy John surgery
DETROIT — White Sox right-hander Nate Jones, who has missed almost the entire season because of a back problem, sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament while ramping up his comeback effort and will be out 12-15 months. Jones, 28, had Tommy John surgery Tuesday, general manager Rick Hahn said Wednesday.
Jones, expected to be an important part of the Sox bullpen and possibly the closer coming out of spring training, underwent a microdisectomy and a nerve reduction in early May. His
rehabilitation from the Tommy John surgery will begin Monday.
Hahn also said that right fielder Avisail Garcia and reliever Matt Lindstrom will begin rehab assignments at AAA Charlotte Friday.
Jones pitched in two games this season and did not record an out. He allowed four runs. He is 12-5 with a 3.55 ERA over his 137 career relief appearances.
“A lot of times with the UCL tear there’s a specific instance where a player feels a pop so to speak, or something specifically tear,” Hahn said. “That did not happen in this specific occasion. Instead when he tried to ramp it up he felt some discomfort which he described as burning in the area of the elbow. We shut him down and tried to treat it up and started to ramp him up again, the burning continued at which point he was diagnosed as having a tear.”
Jones was not expected back this year, but missing next season strikes a considerable blow to a team that already is thin in the bullpen.
“It’s unexpected but at the same time we have time to react to it,” Hahn said. “While he conceivably could have played an important role for us at the back of the pen, we have time to address the void he leaves for the foreseeable future.”
Hahn said it creates an opportunity for someone to step up and “fill the void or potentially another item to pursue in the coming weeks and months.”