Rays’ Anthony Banda Progressing In Rehab From Tommy John Surgery

Banda One Of Several Rays Returning From TJ 

Rays left hander Anthony Banda took to Twitter on Thursday afternoon to post a video of him throwing off the mound.

Tampa Bay acquired Banda from the Arizona Diamondbacks as part of a three team trade in which Tampa Bay sent Arizona Steven Souza Jr.(more here).  In the deal the Yankees sent minor league pitcher Taylor Widener and minor league infielder Nick Solak to the Dbacks and received super-utility Brandon Drury.  Arizona sent Tampa Bay the newly acquired Solak along with Banda and minor league pitchers Colin Poche and Sam McWilliams.

Banda made his debut with the Rays on May 15th logging five innings allowing three earned runs against the Kansas City Royals. Overall, he made three appearances (one start) for the Rays posting a 1-0 mark with a 3.68 ERA.  He was sent back to Triple-A at the end of May making his last start for the Durham Bulls on May 31st.

His season was cut short after it was revealed that he had torn his ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. This meant that he would have to undergo the dreaded Tommy John surgery which has a 12-18 month recovery time.

His surgery was performed by Dr. James Andrews on June 14, 2018.

Plenty Of Rays And TJ Surgery:

Banda wasn’t the only Rays pitcher to undergo the TJ procedure in 2018. He joins Brent Honeywell (2/27/18), Jose De Leon (3/13/18), Kevin Gadea (5/1/18), Drew Stotman (6/1/18), Brandon Koch (6/26/18), Austin Franklin (7/1/18), and Jose Mujica (9/11/18). Of the group, only Honeywell and De Leon can expect to return in 2019. (Full Tommy John List Here)


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