June 23, 2024

Second Tommy John surgery possible for Astros starter José Urquidy: Sources

HOUSTON — Injured Astros starter José Urquidy is seeking a second opinion from renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. Keith Meister and Tommy John surgery is a possibility, two sources with knowledge of the situation said on Monday.

Urquidy, 29, strained his forearm with two weeks left in spring training and has not pitched in the major leagues this season. He exited a minor-league rehab start on May 24 with what the Astros described as “right forearm discomfort.” Team officials expected that to be Urquidy’s final rehab appearance before rejoining the Astros’ rotation.

Urquidy already underwent Tommy John surgery in 2017. He made 16 appearances including 10 starts in 2023, finishing with a career-worst 5.29 ERA, and allowed six earned runs in 10 innings for Houston over three postseason appearances.

The Astros have been silent about Urquidy’s prognosis since he reinjured himself late last month. Asked last week if Urquidy or Cristian Javier had damage to their ulnar collateral ligaments, Houston manager Joe Espada declined to comment.

Both Urquidy and Javier are on the injured list with right forearm injuries.

(Photo of José Urquidy: Carmen Mandato / Getty Images)