On Sunday, Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced that starting pitcher Lance Lynn will undergo surgery to repair a slightly torn tendon in his right knee.
Hahn estimates Lynn will be out for four weeks before he can start throwing from the mound again.
Lynne injured knee on Saturday in what was supposed to be his last spring training debut before the regular season.
The 10-year veteran was in contention to start on opening day for the White Sox, who now had to explore other options. Manager Tony La Russa spoke about the situation on Sunday.
“All morning we’ve been talking about ‘what if’ and how we would cover and I just think the priority will be what series you’re playing,” La Russa told the Chicago Sun-Times. “And an opportunity to win the game. It could rain tomorrow, snow the day after. So we’re watching, we’re going ‘what if’ but the priority will be the first three games against Detroit.”
Lynn’s injury is to a knee he’s been struggling with since last August. Last season, he missed time with inflammation in the same knee, which required a few weeks of rehabilitation during the offseason.
“I think he just landed badly, or that was it,” La Russa said. “I think it’s the same area, yeah. Wait and see. That’s what it is, isn’t it?”
Last season, Lynn went 11-6 with a 2.69 ERA for the White Sox. He was named to the American League All-Star List and finished third in Cy Young’s vote.
In 10 seasons in MLB, Lynn has a 115-77 record and a career ERA of 3.47.