Atlanta Braves ace is the latest Tommy John victim

MIAMI-. The ace of the Atlanta Braves, Spencer Striderwill miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, the team said Saturday.

Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, performed the procedure on Friday, using an internal brace to repair the UCL.

Strider complained of elbow soreness after pitching four innings in Atlanta's 6-5 win over Arizona on April 5. An MRI the next day revealed damage to his UCL and the Braves prepared for the worst.

“You never expect these things to be good or just a flash on the screen,” manager Brian Snitker said last week.

Strider went 20-5 in 2023, leading the majors in wins and strikeouts (281). The right-hander had a 3.86 ERA last season.

He had a 7.00 ERA with 12 strikeouts in two starts this year.

Strider, 25, joins a list of big-name pitchers who have suffered significant injuries this season.

Cleveland's Shane Bieber, Jonathan Loáisiga of the New York Yankees, Eury Pérez of Miami and Trevor Gott of Oakland are among the pitchers diagnosed with elbow injuries.