Twins pitcher Kevin Slowey will undergo surgery on his right wrist to remove a bone chip and he’ll likely miss the rest of the season.
Slowey, who was put on the disabled list on July 4 with a strained right wrist, had been trying to rehab the injury but suffered a setback on Friday. While preparing for a start with Triple-A Rochester, Slowey was unable to play catch and the team shut the pitcher down.
After speaking with team doctors and trainers on Monday, Slowey said the decision was made for him to undergo surgery. The recovery and rehabilitation time following surgery is 2-4 months.
Slowey, who was 10-3 with a 4.86 ERA this season for the Twins, expects to head to Baltimore and have the surgery performed by hand specialist, Dr. Thomas Graham.
“It’s difficult,” Slowey said of the timing. “I’ll continue to be here and hang out with the guys and do everything that I can to get back as quickly as possible. I think the most important thing for me is to get ready for next year now, to get this done and to prepare for being able to be part of the team as soon as possible.”
The injury stems from an incident last September when Slowey was hit on the wrist by a Juan Uribe line drive during a start against the White Sox. Slowey said doctors told him he had a pre-existing bone chip that was aggravated by the blunt force. At the time, Slowey had a cortisone shot in his wrist.
While he had some pain in the wrist doing everyday things, Slowey said it didn’t bother him pitching until a couple of starts before the All-Star Break.While he tried to rehab from the injury, Slowey said he realized Friday that he could not continue on with the pain.