BREAKING: Los Angeles Angels Closer To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

The Los Angeles Angels have been hit with some bad news, as left-handed reliever Jose Quijada will undergo Tommy John surgery on his elbow, according to multiple reports.

Quijada was seeking a second opinion from medical professionals, but both opinions agreed that surgery was necessary. The injury will cause Quijada to miss the rest of the 2023 season and some games at the beginning of the 2024 season.

Quijada entered the season in a battle with Carlos Estevez for the closer role, and although both pitchers shared the role, Quijada's injury has put an end to his season after converting four saves with a 6.00 ERA across 10 appearances.

Estevez has been thriving in the closer role, however, boasting a pristine 1.23 ERA with six converted saves over 14 appearances, and he will now take over as the primary closer.

Quijada had been a valuable member of the Angels' bullpen, and his absence will be felt by the team, who are currently 16-14 and second in the AL West.

The 27-year-old posted career-best numbers in 2022, recording a 3.98 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, with 52 strikeouts over 40.2 innings and 42 appearances.

Tommy John surgery is a significant medical procedure that involves replacing a damaged or torn ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow with a tendon from another part of the body or a donor. Recovery and rehabilitation from the surgery can take up to 18 months.

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