CHICAGO (SCS) — Shortly after acquiring outfielder AJ Pollock in exchange for reliever Craig Kimbrel, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn announced that left-handed reliever Garrett Hook will likely need Tommy John surgery after leaving the game. Thursday’s spring training with an arm injury.
“The preliminary MRI reading is not great. There appears to be ligament damage, which will most likely require surgery by Tommy John. That said, this is again preliminary, and he will ask a second opinion here in the next few days.” Hahn told reporters on Friday “But, being above anything going in that direction, the prognosis at the moment is not great.”
Hook left Thursday night’s 8-2 win over the Reds in the 8th inning after taking out Sebastian Almonte on strikes.
The 22-year-old reliever had a 2.82 ERA in 54.1 innings in 54 appearances in 2021, with 65 strikeouts, in his first full season with the White Sox.
Tommy John’s surgery would end his season, as recovery usually takes at least a year.