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Astros Lose Big Pitching Piece to Tommy John

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HOUSTON, TX: The Houston Astros received some horrific news yesterday as starter Cristian Javier will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday, per Chandler Rome of The Athletic.

Javier, has been out since May 27th with a forearm injury. As it was unclear, Javier sought a second opinion from Dr. Keith Meister who ended up recommending Tommy John surgery.

Javier was put on the injured list for the second time this season last week after being unable to pitch in a scheduled bullpen session. Due to neck pain, he missed time from April 21 to May 11.

The news of Javier comes at an extensive price for an already depleted Astros rotation. Christian Javier will join José Urquidy as the second Astro to be sidelined for the remainder of the 2024 season.

That now leaves the Astros with an injury riddled rotation that includes Justin Verlander, Hunter Brown, Framber Valdez, Ronel Blanco, and Spencer Arrighetti.

In the spring of 2023, Javier agreed to a $64 million, five-year contract deal. He is expected to get $10 million in 2025, $21 million in 2026, and $21 million in 2027 in addition to his current $7 million salary.

Before his most recent setback, Javier gave up 11 runs in 11 1/3 innings across three starts in May. The Astros placed him on the injured list on May 21, six days after his last game, due to right arm pain.

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