Yankees’ Michael King hoping to avoid devastating second surgery

Michael King feels “actually great” right now, but he will feel much better if he does not require an additional surgery. 

King, the Yankees standout reliever, already went under the knife to repair his fractured right elbow, an injury suffered while throwing a pitch July 22 in Baltimore. 

Michael King after suffering an injury during the Yankees' game against the Orioles on July 22, 2022.
Michael King after suffering an injury during the Yankees’ game against the Orioles on July 22, 2022.
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When King regains his full range of motion, doctors will check again on his arm to see if his UCL needs Tommy John surgery. 

If a second procedure is called for, he almost certainly would be out all of next season, too. If not, and his bone solely needed to be repaired, the righty should be ready for the start of spring training. 

“From the MRIs that I was able to get, it looked like the ligament was intact and pretty healthy,” King, speaking publicly for the first time since the surgery, said before the Yankees hosted the Rays on Monday. 

Michael King pitching against the Reds on July 12, 2022.
Michael King pitching against the Reds on July 12, 2022.
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His next MRI exam should be about three to six weeks away. 

King said he is now watching road games on TV and called his setback “definitely disappointing.” The 27-year-old had emerged as one of the most valuable relievers in baseball, able to shut down opposing lineups for multiple innings. He posted a 2.29 ERA in 51 innings before he threw a pitch and heard a pop. 

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