MIAMI — Washington Nationals infield prospect Matt Skole underwent Tommy John surgery Wednesday morning on his left elbow, as well as a procedure for a microfracture in his left wrist, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said.
Since it is his non-throwing arm, Skole, who was injured in the second game of the season with Double-A Harrisburg, was given a roughly four-month timetable for when he’ll be able to return to baseball activities. Nationals medical director Wiemi Douoguih performed both surgeries. The surgery on his wrist was said to be minor, particularly compared to the Tommy John procedure.
“It all went great,” Rizzo said. “Because he’s not a pitcher and it’s his non-throwing arm he should be four months before he starts swinging a bat and all that.”
Rizzo said both injuries happened on the same play, a collision at first base where Skole was run into by an opposing team’s runner. One of the Nationals’ most well thought of prospects, it is a blow for Skole as well as the organization.
“That’s a setback for him,” Rizzo said. “It’s unfortunate because he was on the fast track. He had a great spring training and started the season off well. He’ll get through it.”
The Nationals were impressed with Skole last season, when he earned the organization’s Player of the Year honors, in the Arizona Fall League and during his time in major league camp. Skole can play both third base and first base.
“Surgery went well and I’m now on my way to recovery,” Skole tweeted Wednesday evening. “So thankful for all the amazing people in my life #family#friends#blessed.”