Detroit Tigers’ Casey Mize to undergo Tommy John surgery

detroit — Tigers manager AJ Hinch announced before the game Friday that starting pitcher Casey Mize, the No. 1st overall pick in the 2018 draft, will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

“I’m very sad for Casey and for all the work he’s put in,” Hinch said. “But I think having resolution to this is the No. 1 key. He knows the problem and he knows the answer. He knows what the road ahead will be like and he knows the success stories from this surgery.

“He’s very OK with knowing that these are the facts, this is what I have to do.”

The decision to have surgery cam after Mize saw specialist Dr. Keith Meister in Dallas. Even though, as all the previous tests had shown, the ligament wasn’t torn.

“Dr. Meister determined that it was a stretched ligament that had lost its elasticity and functionality inside the elbow,” Hinch said. “Every exam we had shown an intact ligament, which was true.”

Meister used a stress MRI, which saw the elbow from a different angle and saw the ligament had stretched beyond the point of healing.

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