Twins pitcher Trevor May has a torn elbow ligament and might be encouraged to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, according to Mike Berardino of The Minnesota Pioneer Press.
The news comes after Alex Kirilloff had the Tommy John procedure earlier this week. May is expected to receive another opinion next week before making a decision with regard to surgery, according to Berardino.
May, 27, was expected to compete for a rotation spot this spring after pitching out of Minnesota’s bullpen. He had a fair amount of success in 2015 but struggled last year as a result of back injury.
Over 42.2 innings with the Twins last year, May pitched to a 5.27 ERA and 3.80 FIP. However, in 2015, he posted a 4.00 ERA and 3.25 FIP over 114.2 innings and 16 starts.
Though May could opt out of surgery, the Twins have several internal candidates to compete for a starting role should he be out for the season. Tyler Duffey and Jose Berrios are both options, and Ryan Vogelsong could win the roster spot with a solid spring.
May is controlled through 2020, and as a result, the Twins will likely be cautious with regard to his health and progress moving forward.