GLENDALE, AZ — Most of the pitching news was good in Glendale on Friday, where the White Sox were able to trade Craig Kimbrel to the Dodgers for AJ Pollock while reaching an agreement on a 2022 contract with Lucas Giolito.
But there was one major negative when it came to the pitching staff on Friday, and it concerned one of their young relievers.
General manager Rick Hahn told reporters at the team’s spring training facility in Glendale that Garrett Hook will likely need surgery from Tommy John that will keep him out for the entire 2022 season. He says that the team will get a second opinion, but it’s likely that the southpaw will soon have to undergo the procedure.
Hook left the White Sox Cactus League game against the Reds on Thursday with pain in his left arm. According to Hahn, an MRI appeared to show damage to the ligament, leading the general manager to believe Tommy John’s surgery is likely.
In his first two major league years, Hook pitched 59 games for the White Sox, all on relief, and has a 2.54 ERA with 73 strikeouts-27 walked. In four playoff appearances, the pitcher has held on, throwing three shutout innings with six strikeouts compared to just four walks.
Against the Astros in the American League Division Series, Hook walked out five batters in 2 1/3 shutout innings in three games.
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