Arm injuries have increased among Major League Baseball’s pitchers in the last few weeks, with some key aces going down and being put on the shelf for a lengthy period.

Former American League Cy Young Award winner Shane Bieber (2020) announced on April 6th that he will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery after suffering a torn UCL. Young Miami Marlins starter Eury Perez announced on April 4th the same. New York Yankees reliever Jonathan Loaisiga announced on April 6th will not be having Tommy John surgery but will be having elbow surgery to fix a torn UCL as well.

Houston Astros ace Framber Valdez and Atlanta Braves ace Spencer Strider both have hit the injured list due to elbow injuries, with Strider reporting significant damage to his UCL. Red Sox right-hander Nick Pivetta is also dealing with an elbow strain.

These are just some notable pitchers joining other stars such as Gerrit Cole, Shohei Ohtani, Jacob deGrom, Sandy Alcantara, Shane McClanahan, and more on the injured list with arm-related injuries.

It’s unfortunate for Major League Baseball as their abundance of aces for the league has never been greater.

With many of them going down with injuries, the game is losing some of the best talent it has ever had for a long period.

The reasoning behind these injuries is unknown, but there have been various assumptions. Among them is the pitch clock and the desire to increase pitching velocity.
Regardless, this wave of pitcher injuries has come at an inopportune time for Major League Baseball.

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