The initial prognosis on White socks Reliever Garrett Hook’s arm injury is “not terrible,” general manager Rick Hahn said Friday.
Hook, the Sox’s flamethrower southpaw, will likely need Tommy John’s surgery, Hahn said.
“There appears to be damage to the ligament, which will most likely require Tommy John surgery,” Hahn said. “Having said that, this is, again, preliminary and he will be seeking a second opinion here in the coming days.”
Hook left Thursday’s Cactus League game against the Reds in the eighth inning with the team’s coaching staff.
Hook was expected to be a key reliever in the Sox bullpen this season. The 22-year-old 2020 first-round pick is coming off a strong 2021 in which he posted a 2.82 ERA in 54 appearances.
If Hook has Tommy John surgery, he would miss all of 2022 but could be back in time for the 2023 opener.
“If you want to take the glass half full,” Hahn said, “at least from a timing standpoint as far as any Tommy John surgery, using the very generic recovery of around 11 to 13 months for a reliever, we should bring him back for the 2023 season, if that’s the case.”
The Sox traded Craig Kimbrel on Friday but bolstered their bullpen this winter with the addition of free agents Kendall Graveman and Joe Kelly. Without Hook, Aaron Bummer would be the main left-handed option in the end of the round.
“We think we have some quality bullpen options in-house to fill those innings,” Hahn said.
Contribution from Arizona: Chuck Garfien