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Michael Kopech expected to undergo Tommy John surgery for UCL tear

Michael Kopech

First it was Shohei Ohtani, and now it’s Michael Kopech. For the second time this week, a team is recommending Tommy John surgery for one of its top young pitchers.

The Chicago White Sox said on Friday that Kopech needs Tommy John surgery for a tear in his UCL. The team says Kopech will seek a second opinion before deciding to undergo the operation.

This is brutal news.

The 22-year-old was called up last month to make his MLB debut after performing well in Triple-A. Kopech had a 5.02 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 14.1 innings and 15 strikeouts with the Sox.

Kopech is one of the hardest-throwing starters in MLB and was one of the prized pieces traded to Chicago in the Chris Sale deal, along with Yoan Mocada.

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