Surgery Possible For Rays’ McGee

What might have been one of the most prospect-laden starting rotations in recent memory may have just lost one of its key arms.

Double-A Montgomery (Rays) lefty Jake McGee lasted just two innings in his start on Sunday before leaving the game with soreness in his forearm. Now, McGee will miss at least a few starts, and Tommy John surgery is a possibility, though no decision has been made yet. McGee left the team yesterday to meet with Dr. Koco Eaton in Tampa Bay. According to the Mongtomery Adviser, there may be a possible tear in McGee’s left elbow.

"They say it’s torn all the way. We’ll see," McGee said Thursday. "It’s pretty disappointing, but we can’t change it now. I have to go forward from here."

The Rays are still evaluating the 21-year-old McGee with team doctors, and no decision has been made yet about whether McGee will require surgery.

Potentially losing McGee for a full season after Tommy John surgery would be a blow to the Rays farm system, although the organization has as much high-end talent and depth as anyone. McGee, the No. 15 prospect in baseball entering the season, has pitched all year in Montgomery with righthander Wade Davis, who ranked 17th in the game entering the year. The Rays also promoted 2007 No. 1 overall pick David Price, the No. 10 prospect entering the season, from high Class A Vero Beach to Montgomery, where he debuted last night. The Rays also sent 21-year-old righthander Jeremy Hellickson, who had a 2.00 ERA and an 83-to-5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 76 2/3 innings with Vero Beach, to Montgomery as well this week.