Miami Marlins “ace” Sandy Alcantara has gone under the knife and will miss the 2024 season.
“It is with a heavy heart that I announce that I will undergo Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament reconstruction) and will not be able to pitch next season,” Alcantara said on social media on Sunday, adding, “My greatest sorrow goes out to the Marlins fans who have supported me and the team this year.”
“The journey to the playoffs has been exhilarating for all of us. I have given everything to this game and this city, and I promise you that I will not take a day off to come back better than ever.” “Even though I can’t throw a ball, I will be with the team as much as possible. Nothing can take away my love for the team and the fans,” he said, expressing his apologies and gratitude to the fans.
Typically, players who undergo elbow ligament splicing surgery are expected to be out for at least a year, but it can take longer depending on how they recover. If he had the surgery now, it would be difficult for him to return until the end of next season. That’s why Alcantara announced early on that he would be done for the 2024 season.
After breaking into the big leagues for the first time in 2017, Alcantara became the team’s main starter in 2019 and then topped 200 innings for the first time in his career in 2021. That year, he went 9-15 with a 3.19 ERA in 33 games and 205⅔ innings.안전놀이터
Alcantara’s best year came last year, when he went 14-9 with a 2.28 ERA in 32 games and 228⅔ innings and won the National League Cy Young Award after reaching the 200-strikeout plateau for the second consecutive year, beating out the likes of Max Freed (Atlanta Braves).
Alcantara is 7-12 with a 4.14 ERA in 28 games and 184⅔ innings this season, down from last year, but still the team’s “ace. In a road game against the Washington Nationals on March 4, he gave up four runs (two earned) on nine hits (one home run) with two walks and three strikeouts in eight innings.
However, after that start, Alcantara felt discomfort in his elbow and was placed on the disabled list (IL) three days later with a right forearm flexor strain. He made a four-inning Triple-A rehab start on March 22 and appeared to be on his way back, but was unable to take the mound anymore.
Playing the remainder of the season without Alcantara, Miami entered fall ball as the second wild card in the National League, but lost two straight games to the Philadelphia Phillies and ended the 2023 season without a division series.