Minnesota Twins’ Jose De Leon Needs Tommy John Surgery, Again
Minnesota Twins right-hander Jose De Leon will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his pitching elbow, which will require Tommy John surgery, the team confirmed Monday.
The reliever suffered the injury while warming up in the top of the eighth inning of Minnesota's 3-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Saturday. He will undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career -- having already missed the 2018 season after suffering a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
The 30-year-old was 0-1 with a 4.67 ERA in a career-high 12 appearances (one start) this season with the Twins.
The former 24th-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Dodgers debuted for them in 2016 before being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in 2017. After his lost 2018 season, he worked his way back to pitch in three games in 2019 before being dealt to the Cincinnati Reds in 2020.
Minnesota signed De Leon to a minor league contract in December. After a strong World Baseball Classic performance for Puerto Rico during the spring (10 strikeouts in 5 2/3 shutout innings), he pitched well enough for Triple-A St. Paul to find his way back to the major league club.