Will it ever stop? John Lamb 4th LA Angels pitcher to have torn UCL
By David Rice
Now LA Angels fans know what it is like to be the Energizer Bunny. The team’s injury issues keep going and going and going just like our rabbit friend does. John Lamb can now be added to the list of Angel pitchers who have torn UCL’s & need Tommy John Surgery to repair it.
John Lamb was called up to the LA Angels two weeks ago to fill in for Garrett Richards in the Angels rotation. Lamb made three starts with mixed results going 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA. His first start at Oakland was his best outing as Lamb tossed five innings giving up two runs on three hits while striking out 5 batters.
Lamb’s next two starts were not as good. He pitched 3.1 innings against Toronto giving up three runs on six hits. Lamb’s final outing was on June 26th against Boston which saw Lamb go only 1.2 innings giving up five runs (three earned) and he was lifted after only 38 pitches due to elbow soreness. Lamb was immediately placed on the disabled list and underwent an MRI which showed the UCL tear in his elbow.
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Lamb will be the fourth Angel pitcher to have Tommy John surgery this season. J.C. Ramirez, Blake Wood, and Keynan Middleton have all undergone TJ surgery in 2018. Lamb is one of 11 Angel pitchers on the disabled list for various ailments. Garrett Richards, who Lamb was filling in for may be back this week from the DL, but that is only one man. Including Lamb the Angels have lost seven pitchers for the season already.
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I know this sounds like a broken record, but what is going on with the Angel pitchers. No one unite knows the answer to that question. Stealing a line from Angel legend Clyde Wright from an interview I did with him last summer “If I knew the answer to that question, I would open an office somewhere and be making a whole bunch of money,”
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Hopefully Lamb will be the last Angel pitcher to suffer a severe injury. However, I won’t hold my breath. Good luck John on your road back to the majors.