Royals left-hander Kris Bubic will require Tommy John surgery to reconstruct his ulnar collateral ligament, according to MLB.com reporter Anne Rogers. Typically, the surgery requires 12-16 months of recovery. Bubic said he felt forearm tightness in his last start on a cold Saturday against Atlanta, and his velocity was significantly down.
Bubic says his forearm tightened up during the #Royals' loss to the Braves: "We'll take a look at it tomorrow and go from there." pic.twitter.com/cf1qLHTeeh— Bally Sports Kansas City (@BallySportsKC) April 16, 2023
Bubic made three starts this year with a 3.94 ERA and 16 strikeouts and just two walks in 16 innings, showing improvement with his command and his slider. He was replaced in the rotation tonight by Taylor Clarke with Ryan Yarbrough piggybacking, but the Royals will probably need a longer-term solution for the rotation. Bubic is eligible for arbitration this off-season for the second time. In four seasons with the Royals, Bubic has a 4.85 ERA in 325 innings.
On Friday, the Royals also placed outfielder Franmil Reyes on the paternity list and called up catcher Freddy Fermín.