BREAKING: #Rays Honeywell has torn UCL, recommended for TJ surgery— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 23, 2018
This was presumably the outcome after Honeywell left a live batting practice session yesterday. Topkin, who covers the Rays for the Tampa Bay Times, goes on to further illustrate what took place during that BP session which led to Honeywell’s injury:
#Rays Honeywell said he actually felt a pop on the first pitch to Ramos Thursday then when he threw the next one and it wasn’t right that he knew what had done. Went right to see Dr. Eaton but knew what he’d tell him.— Marc Topkin (@TBTimes_Rays) February 23, 2018
He goes on to say that Honeywell felt the injury was “inevitable” and not caused by the reports that Honeywell was throwing harder than ever. Finally, Topkin reports Honeywell plans to get a second opinion on the injury but will undergo Tommy John surgery soon after in an effort to get back on the road to recovery as quickly as possible.
This news is eerily reminiscent of Alex Reyes’s injury which took place almost exactly one year ago. Reyes, one of baseball’s top pitching prospect and a trendy fantasy sleeper, missed all of 2017 due to the injury.
This is heartbreaking news for the fantasy owners who had high hopes for Honeywell in 2018. We wish Brent the best on his recovery and hope he can make an impact for both fantasy owners and his real-life Tampa Bay Rays in 2019!