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The Mitchell Report: Mayza headed for Tommy John after tearing UCL in left elbow

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15.09.2019

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TORONTO — Tim Mayza’s worst fears have been confirmed.

After throwing a pitch Friday night and crumpling to the ground in obvious pain, it was pretty clear the Toronto Blue Jays’ 27-year-old lefty had suffered a significant elbow injury.

Manager Charlie Montoyo relayed the news Saturday morning that Mayza tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery, which is expected to sideline him for the entire 2020 season.

It ends his first full major-league season after 68 appearances and 51.1 innings, with Mayza pitching to a 4.91 ERA and striking out 55 batters.

It was a heartbreaking scene on the mound Friday night when Mayza went down after sailing a fastball to the backstop in the 10th inning while facing New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius.

Mayza immediately dropped to a knee and flexed his left arm, at times covering his face with his jersey and holding back tears.

“Everybody loves Timmy,” Montoyo said after revealing the diagnosis. “He’s never had an MRI for anything. He pitches, he doesn’t complain. He pitches every day and he’s got a smile every day.”

Even with Bo Bichette bashing the first walk-off homer of his career a couple innings later, it was a bittersweet win after losing a teammate in that fashion.

“It’s terrible to see that happen to anyone,” said Blue Jays rookie Anthony Kay, a fellow lefty who had........

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