Minnesota Twins' right-handed pitcher Chris Paddack has undergone Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday, manager Rocco Baldelli announced.
The Twins are 25/1 to win the World Series and have had a great start to the season (22-16) leading the American League Central Division, 3.5 games ahead of their nearest challengers, the Chicago White Sox, who are under .500 (18-19).
The news of Paddack's injury put a slight damper on Minnesota’s 14-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics, but it wasn't completely unexpected.
Paddack, acquired in April in a trade that sent closer Taylor Rogers to San Diego, had been dealing with elbow inflammation since leaving his 8th May start.
In five starts since being acquired, Paddack was 1-2 with a 4.03 ERA, two walks and 20 strikeouts in just over 22 innings.
It's the second reconstructive elbow surgery for the 26-year-old, who also had a Tommy John procedure in 2016. Baldelli said the surgery went as well as could be expected and that a timeline for recovery will be known soon.
Speaking to the official Minnesota Twins website, Badelli said : "We need the best possible version of him, and the best possible version of Chris Paddack is to get himself healthy and to have this procedure and rehab himself and get back to full strength.
"He's an ultra-talented young guy with a great work ethic, and I think he has an incredibly bright future with us."
A typical return for a Tommy John surgery procedure could take up to a year out of playing action, that could sideline Paddack through to the middle or next season.