Berlin native Matt Carasiti was dealt a brutal piece of injury news on Monday after what had been a promising start to spring training with the San Francisco Giants.
Carasiti, who had emerged as a candidate for the Giants’ bullpen in 2020, injured his elbow while making a spring training appearance on Thursday and will require Tommy John surgery, according to Andrew Baggarly of The Athletic, which the 28-year-old will undergo on Tuesday.
Carasiti will miss all over 2020, as he faces a 12-14 month recovery period.
A former pitcher for Berlin High School, Carasiti had struck out seven batters over five innings of work this spring, and was turning heads in Giants camp after pitching just 9 2/3 innings with the Seattle Mariners last season. A sixth-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in the 2012 draft, Carasiti tossed 15 2/3 frames with the Rockies in 2016 before spending time in the Cubs’ minor league system and with the Tokya Yakult Swallows in Japan.
Carasiti holds a 4.26 ERA over 432 2/3 career innings at the minor league level, but just 25 1/3 innings in the majors. He’ll have to wait at least another year for another shot.