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MDJ: Atlanta Braves bracing for life without Spencer Strider

Spencer Strider of the Atlanta Braves
With a sprained ligament in his elbow, it could be well into the 2025 season when the Braves get Spencer Strider back. USA Today Sports - Dale Zanine

As the Atlanta Braves were putting the finishing touches on a weekend sweep of the National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks at Truist Park, they were subsequently dealt a loss that could significantly alter their pitching plans into next season.

Opening day starter Spencer Strider was placed on the 15-day injured list with what the club termed as a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching elbow. The injury is expected to end Strider’s season, though the Braves did not immediately reveal the course of treatment for the ace right-hander.

“It wasn’t good,” Braves manager Brian Snitker said of Strider’s MRI. “You hate that. You hate it for him. I feel really bad for him. He’s a kid that does everything right and loves to compete.”

The Braves announced that Strider would see Dr. Keith Meister in Arlington, Texas, in order to plot out the proper treatment steps. Strider’s damaged UCL will likely require surgery to correct, with the ligament replacement procedure known as Tommy John surgery the probable option.

A decision was expected to be made in the coming days.

This article is from the Marietta Daily Journal. You can read it here.


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