BREAKING: Alek Manoah Injury News Hits Blue Jays Hard

The nightmarish 12 months continues for Toronto Blue Jays starter Alek Manoah, as he and the team have now learned that he will have to undergo elbow surgery to repair his ulnar collateral ligament. 

He will be out until at least late 2025, if not until the start of the 2026 season, depending on the details of the surgery. 

No word yet on if the procedure is a full Tommy John or an internal brace repair.  

Manoah, who was an All-Star and a finalist for the Cy Young Award in 2022, mysteriously collapsed in 2023, getting ravaged to the tune of a 5.87 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP, while surrendering an .847 OPS against. He was sent to the minors twice, where he put up a 14.09 ERA. 

This season, trouble began early, as he started the year in the minors, and was pounded again, to an 8.69 ERA. After one very good start at AAA, however, he was called up to Toronto, when he proceeded to get hammered again in his first outing. But then things seemed to turn around. He allowed zero earned runs over 14 innings in his next two starts before a hiccup on May 24 saw him give up four runs in 4.2 innings. 

In his last start, on May 29, however, he was forced to leave the game with right elbow discomfort in the second inning. After throwing a 91 mph slider Manoah shuffled off the mound in apparent pain.

That will be the last Jays fans see of him for at least a year. 

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