Top Young Brewers Hurler To Undergo Elbow Surgery on UCL

Since being called up in early May, Milwaukee Brewers rookie left-handed starter Robert Gasser has been a tremendous boon to the Brew Crew's decimated rotation. Now, however, after just five starts, he will officially be out until at least mid-2025, with the decision to undergo ulnar collateral ligament surgery on his elbow.

Gasser hasn't pitched since June 1st, after reporting some tightness and soreness the next day. He's had three doctors' opinions since then, with the consensus being to have the elbow reconstruction procedure.

It won't be known, however, until the operation is done whether he'll get the full Tommy John treatment or an internal brace surgery. 

Gasser went 2-0 in his short ride in The Show, with a 2.57 ERA a 1.04 WHIP and 16 strikeouts against just one walk in 28 innings pitched. Milwaukee had won each of his five starts.

The Brewers' pitching staff has been ravaged this season, as they've had to use a dozen different starters. The disastrous pitching year began as soon as last season was done, as presumptive top starter Brandon Woodruff underwent shoulder surgery that is keeping him out for the full year. 

Since the start of the 2024 season,  Wade Miley was forced to undergo Tommy John surgery after two starts, while Jakob Junis has been available for just one start. In addition, rookie DL Hall has been out since April with a knee sprain. And on and on it goes. 

Yet through all of this, the Brew Crew still own a 7.5 game lead atop the NL Central Division. Expect them to try to land some pitching at the trade deadline. 

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