Miami Marlins Ace Sandy Alcantara Undergoes Tommy John Surgery: Could He Come Back in 2024? The 2022 NL Cy Young Award winner had elbow injury and rough 2023 season.
Sandy Alcantara announced his Tommy John surgery on social media. Sand Alcantara The 2023 MLB season wasn’t what Sandy Alcantara had in mind as he prepared to defend his 2022 NL Cy Young Award. Alcantara struggled early, posting a 4.72 ERA at the All-Star break. It was clear all year that the flamethrower wasn’t right, and his season was cut short by a forearm strain and an elbow injury in September.
Alcantara could only watch from the dugout as the Philadelphia Phillies played the Miami Marlins in the playoffs. While a forearm sprain was the first injury that landed him on the disabled list, the elbow is what will knock him out for the foreseeable future.
While fans prayed for him to return later in the 2024 season, Alcantara and his agent confirmed that was not possible. They hope to return on Opening Day 2025. It’s a huge blow to the Marlins, who made the playoffs for the first time since 2003 in a 162-game season.
Starting a game has been the main strength of Alcantara’s team in recent seasons. They now rely on lefties Jesus Luzardo, Braxton Garrett and Trevor Rogers and righties Eury Perez and Edward Cabrera. Top prospect Max Meyer is expected to return from injury, but his role on the team is currently up in the air.
If the Marlins decide to bolster their rotation through free agency, Blake Snell, Aaron Nola and Sonny Gray would likely be the best options at that spot.