Twins right-hander Trevor May will undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday, a major-league source confirmed to SB Nation. May first tweeted about his prognosis early Tuesday night:
Tomorrow is the day. My replacement is coming from my knee, so I'm going to look like I got hit by a bus in about 24 hours.— IamTrevorMay (@trevmay65) March 21, 2017
May was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on March 11, but did not receive official word of his surgery prognosis until receiving a second opinion Tuesday. He will miss the entire season and could be on track to return early next year if all goes well.
Minnesota is set to move forward with a rotation of Ervin Santana, Hector Santiago, Kyle Gibson, Phil Hughes and youngster Jose Berrios after losing May and releasing non-roster candidate Ryan Vogelsong on Tuesday. May was competing for a rotation spot after spending most of the last couple seasons in the bullpen, but will instead spend the season rehabbing from surgery.
May, 27, pitched to a 5.27 ERA and 12.7 K/9 in 42.2 relief innings last season and owns a lifetime 13-17 record and 5.14 ERA in 203 major-league innings over three years.