Tampa Bay Rays fans had a reason to feel reasonably good about the world after the team signed free agent outfielder Carlos Gomez for a bargain. It didn't made up for the sell-off of Evan Longoria or the unceremonious departure of Corey Dickerson, but it was something.
But now, things are right back to being terrible in Tampa. No. 1 prospect Brent Honeywell, one of the most promising pitchers in the MLB pipeline, has torn his UCL and will be forced to miss the 2018 season (and part of 2019) if he opts for the recommended surgery.
BREAKING: #Rays Honeywell has torn UCL, recommended for TJ surgery— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 23, 2018
The disastrous elbow injury puts the Rays in a serious jam, as they aren't exactly sporting the most fearsome pitching staff around. And you may have also heard that the AL East is about to be as brutal as it's been in years.
As the story goes, Honeywell was throwing batting practice and suddenly let out a loud shout before leaving with trainers. What was originally thought to be a strain has turned out to be something much worse.
Top pitching prospect Brent Honeywell needs Tommy John surgery, per @TBTimes_Rays— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 23, 2018
Honeywell was the MVP of the 2017 All-Star Futures Game. Now, his future is on hold. Best wishes to the 22-year-old screwballer, who will figure to come back strong. But this is certainly a blow for baseball fans anxiously waiting to see what the kid could do on the big stage.