San Francisco Giants: Will Smith Out For Season, Will Undergo Tommy John
The San Francisco Giants have already had season ending injury, and one game has yet to be played. Reliever, Will Smith, will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2017 before it started.
In current times, Tommy John surgery is quite prevalent. In fact, pitchers who have it still come back and have plenty decent careers. For Will Smith, it’s probably hard to see through to that right now. The San Francisco Giants reliever has been dealing with an elbow issue this spring, and now, he needs surgery.
Yesterday, in an interview, Bruce Bochy said that he wasn’t sure what Smith would choose, either rehab or surgery. He added that we’d have to wait until tomorrow to see what happens there.
Well, the waiting is over, and Will Smith will have Tommy John surgery.
Hopefully he can come back healthy and make an impact in the bullpen down the road. Unfortunately, the Giants organization is going to get a lot of flack for the trade.
The Giants acquired Will Smith at the trade deadline last season, sending Andrew Susac, and a top pitching prospect in Phil Bickford over to the Brewers. After Bickford was suspended for positive drug tests, it seemed like the Giants had “won” the trade. However, that still might be up in the air, considering the current situation.
Clearly, this opens the doors for Steven Okert and Neil Ramirez. Both have been extremely good in their appearances this spring. Ramirez has struck out 15 and walked two, in eight innings of work. Okert has only allowed two hits and struck out three in his seven innings of work. Both of them are going to be counted upon in the bullpen this season.
If they can’t, then the Giants likely look into the trade market if things go south for the bullpen again.
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