San Diego prep lefty Brady Aiken made history when the Houston Astros made him the first high school pitcher taken with the No. 1 pick in the MLB Draft since 1991. It was a huge day for the 17-year-old who had become the consensus top player in the 2014 MLB Draft class. But now with time running out for him to sign a contract with the Astros, issues are popping up in the negotiations.
The Miami Marlins just got the worst diagnosis possible on their 21-year-old ace pitcher. Jose Fernandez has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow and he will almost certainly undergo Tommy John surgery soon.
New York Mets ace right-hander Matt Harvey was lost for the season several weeks ago with a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. It was immediately assumed that the 24-year-old would undergo Tommy John surgery to correct the tear and be out for at least a year. Apparently, Harvey is convinced he doesn’t need surgery.
Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2013 season and possibly next year because he’s set to undergo surgery on his right elbow.
Critics have long suggested that Washington Nationals right-handed ace Stephen Strasburg’s career will end up being short because of his herky-jerky delivery. Those critics have more ammunition now, as CSNWashington’s Mark Zuckerman is reporting that Strasburg is experiencing forearm tightness and could miss his next start.