Are the Royals to blame? Felipe Paulino is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery after tearing his UCL during a rehab start for Northwest Arkansas according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star. This marks the fourth pitcher expected to be on the opening day roster to undergo this surgery (Soria, Duffy and Blake Wood the others). Combined with John Lamb about this time last year and it seems the Royals truly have an epidemic on their hands.
This organization is in dire need of reliable starting pitching. But yet, the pitchers are dropping like flies. Since they are already desperate, why not throw Aaron Crow into the mix. What’s the worst that could happen? Oh wait.
It’s a real shame that Paulino and Duffy have suffered this fate, they are both very promising pitchers and were pitching well at the time of their injuries. I do recall a certain writer here (hint: me) even thought Paulino might make a good extension candidate. Guess that is why I’m a writer and not a baseball executive.
Where do the Royals go from here? They will certainly look internally for options. Everett Teaford, Crow, Ryan Verdugo, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery, etc. are all options. None of them ideal, but it might be the best they can do. The Royals sit just four games out of first, do they dare make a move for a pitcher now?
Whatever they decide to do, I plan on sending good thoughts to all the pitchers elbows from here on out.