Jeffrey Springs Apr 13, 2023; St. Petersburg, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Jeffrey Springs (59) leaves the game against the Boston Red Sox with an injury in the fourth inning at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays were hoping for a positive development in Jeffrey Springs’ immediate future. The 30-year-old right-hander left a mid-week game last week with left arm ulnar neuritis, which pointed to there potentially being an issue with the ulnar nerve in his elbow. Since then, Tampa Bay has been quite mum about Springs’ status, as the team, who holds a league-best 14-3 record, prepared for the worst.

On Thursday, the club announced that Springs had been diagnosed with a left-elbow flexor strain and would be placed on the 15-day injured list. Maybe that was procedural in nature because the expectation is that the Rays’ starter will, unfortunately, have to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery that will sideline him well into next season. Marc Tpokin of the Tampa Bay Times was the first to report the horrible development for the Rays.

“Obviously, he’s going on the IL with an elbow issue,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said via Topkin earlier Tuesday. “I think in fairness to Jeff, he’s still processing the information that he’s gotten. He met with (Dr. Keith Meister on Tuesday). So I think we’re a day or two from him coming up with a decision on what is ideal for him and then a timetable from there.”

On the season, Springs had been pretty fantastic, pitching to a 2-0 record with a 0.56 ERA with 34 strikeouts in 16 innings pitched. 

The MLB world reacted to the horrible Rays’ development on social media:

[Tampa Bay Times]

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