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Nate Jones Has Season-Ending Surgery

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Nate Jones Has Season-Ending Surgery

After battling an elbow injury since late April, Nate Jones’ season is over. The 31-year-old, 6″5′ right hander had repositioning surgery on his right elbow this week. Jones’ has been a key part of the Sox bullpen over the past few years, being used mostly as a setup man.

Nate Jones hasn’t pitched since April 28th due to elbow neuritis. He was throwing in a few bullpen sessions earlier in June, but his rehab was shut down just before the all-star break. Manager Rick Renteria had stressed that they wanted to take their time with Jones’ injury. However, Jones felt discomfort when throwing last week and had to be re-examined. The doctor decided to have Jones undergo repositioning surgery, thus ending Jones’ season.

Jones is known for his impressive heater, which hits between 97-99 MPH and his 90+ MPH slider. All though his season was cut short, he was performing pretty well. Jones had a 1-0 record with a 2.31 ERA and 15 strikeouts. Jones was one of the best relievers in baseball last season. He posted a 2.29 ERA and a 10.2 K/9 last year over 70.2 innings pitched.

White Sox GM Rick Hahn expects Jones to recover in time for Spring Training in 2018:

“We all know how hard of a worker Nate is, and we saw how successful he came back from the original surgery, We’re optimistic that he will follow the same path this time around and be a solid contributor in 2018.”

The Sox are amidst a rebuild and Jones was considered a possible trade candidate, but with the season ending injury the Sox will hold onto him for another year, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  Having Jones through the rebuilding process could help develop younger arms.