FORT MYERS, Fla. — After two seasons pitching out of the bullpen, Minnesota Twins right-hander Trevor May’s hopes of returning to the starting rotation will have to be put on ice.
So, too, will his arm.
According to Mike Berardino of twincities.com, May said he felt a little grab in his right elbow during his March 6 start. Thinking it was just muscle tightness, May shook off the twinge, threw 34 more pitches and finished his four-inning outing.
After the inflammation remained days later, May had the arm evaluated by doctors who diagnosed a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Understandably, the setback frustrated May, who had never missed time with an arm injury during his entire nine-year MLB career and now may need season-ending Tommy John surgery.
May said, per Berardino, “I’ve literally never missed a day of baseball activity because my arm hurt. You hear these stories all the time, especially with Tommy John. It’s just, ‘One day I showed up and it happened.’ We don’t know exactly what causes these things, and still don’t.”
May is eligible for salary arbitration after this season, which makes the blow even more devastating.
The good news for May comes from within the organization’s front office, which still views him as a viable starter.
“I think we view this as that goal doesn’t change,” said General Manager Thad Levine. “That viewpoint doesn’t change, just maybe the year changes in which he’ll get to achieve it.”