White Sox pitching prospect receives somewhat good news on forearm soreness. Will be reevaluated in the coming weeks but avoids surgery for now.
White Sox pitching prospect Dane Dunning won’t need surgery for now after experiencing forearm discomfort earlier this week. The 24-year-old right-hander missed most of last season with an elbow strain, and his injury setback this week began to set off a panic amongst White Sox fans.
According to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times, Dunning was examined by lead Sox doctor Nik Verma in Glendale, Ariz. and Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. A course of treatment was selected for Dunning’s forearm soreness for rest and treatment over the next seven to 10 days. He will then begin a throwing program shortly thereafter.
With Michael Kopech already missing this season after having Tommy John surgery, this latest news of Dunning not needing surgery, for now, is something positive that was needed for Sox fans. Southside Showdown contributor Matt Cizek wrote about how the injury bug was already striking this team early in Spring Training.
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Hopefully, Dunning won’t require surgery on his forearm and can resume pitching in the coming weeks. Dunning started just 15 combined games last season with High-A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. After missing more time with his latest injury, Dunning could possibly see his path to the Majors become even more delayed this year.
If Dunning can avoid being on the shelf for an extended period of time this season, he could possibly end the year pitching with Triple-A Charlotte. His recent setback highlights the importance of having depth in the minors for the Sox, especially with pitching.
The start to 2019 has already been trying for Sox fans. From missed opportunities on superstar free agents to multiple injuries for prospects, the first two months of the year hasn’t been ideal for the Sox or their fans. For the sake of Dunning and Sox fans, hopefully, his latest injury setback doesn’t prevent him from pitching at all this season.