Groome to undergo Tommy John surgery

Top Red Sox pitching prospect was on DL with strained flexor

Jay Groome is 3-9 with a 5.37 ERA over 62 innings in 17 starts since the Red Sox drafted him in 2016. (Gwinn Davis/Greenville Drive)

By Chris Tripodi / MiLB.com | May 9, 2018 7:51 PM

Jay Groome has been no stranger to injuries during his brief Minor League career, but he's been dealt a particularly difficult blow.

The Red Sox said Wednesday their second-ranked prospect is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on May 15 and will miss the rest of the season.

Tweet from @RedSox: #RedSox minor league LHP Jay Groome will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction surgery (Tommy John) on his left elbow next Tuesday, May 15.

Groome was placed on the seven-day disabled list on April 5 with a left flexor strain, but he was expected to return to Class A Greenville "within a few weeks." A strong start could have earned him an early promotion to Class A Advanced Salem, but this latest setback is expected to result in a late start to the 2019 season as well.

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The lanky left-hander made one start last year before a strained lat muscle sidelined him for two months. He returned in June and gave up four runs -- two earned -- over 16 innings in his first four starts before hitting a rough stretch in July and rebounding in August. Another injury -- a strained forearm -- ended his campaign two weeks early.

Groome was MLB.com's No. 85 overall prospect entering the season but was considered a top-50 prospect last year and was the top-ranked prospect entering the 2016 Draft, when Boston selected him 12th overall.

Chris Tripodi is a producer for MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @christripodi. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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