May 30th, 2024

Blue Jays pitching prospect Brandon Barriera has hybrid Tommy John surgery

By The Canadian Press on April 29, 2024.

Brandon Barriera smiles after being selected by the Toronto Blue Jays with the 23rd pick of the 2022 MLB baseball draft, Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRSS/AP-Abbie Parr

Toronto Blue Jays pitching prospect Brandon Barriera has had hybrid Tommy John surgery.

The ligament replacement and internal-brace procedure on his left elbow will likely take 12 to 18 months to heal.

Nate Heisler, Barriera’s agent, announced the operation on Monday morning and Blue Jays manager John Schneider confirmed it.

Barriera was Toronto’s first-round draft pick in 2022.

The 20-year-old has a 13.50 earned-run average after lasting 1 1/3 innings in his only start this season for the Class-A Dunedin Blue Jays of the Florida State League.

Barriera has a 4.57 ERA over eight starts with 26 strikeouts over 21 2/3 innings pitched over two seasons in Toronto’s minor-league system.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 29, 2024.

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