Seattle Mariners Lose Another Key Pitcher For Season After Injury

More horrible news for the Seattle Mariners.

After battling with elbow inflammation, it has been confirmed that right-handed pitcher Penn Murfee will require season-ending surgery on his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL).

The specific procedure, whether it will be a Tommy John surgery or an internal brace procedure, has not been confirmed yet.

Murfee had a breakout season as a major league reliever last year, showcasing his talent with an impressive 2.70 ERA in 83.1 innings.

His success continued this year with a remarkable improvement, lowering his ERA to 1.29. However, his control has been a challenge at times.

Unfortunately, the injury and subsequent surgery mean that Murfee will be sidelined for an extended period.

If he undergoes Tommy John surgery, it is likely that he will be out of action until at least September of the following year. On the other hand, if the internal brace procedure is performed, there is a possibility of a comeback in the first half of 2024.

This setback is particularly challenging for Murfee and the Mariners, as they will have to adjust their pitching strategy without the reliable presence of the 29-year-old right-hander.

Murfee's absence will undoubtedly be felt, given his impressive performance and contribution to the team's bullpen.

The Mariners will need to find ways to compensate for his absence and maintain their competitive edge as they navigate the remainder of this season and potentially a portion of the 2024 campaign. Photo Credit: Stephen Brashear-USA TODAY Sports