Max Kranick Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

According to Jason Mackey, Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Max Kranick had Tommy John surgery on Friday, which ends his 2022 season early and will have him out during the early part of 2023.

Kranick pitched five scoreless innings over two appearances with the Pirates this year. He missed some time early in the season with forearm soreness, which eventually turned into the surgery after being shut down for a second time. He pitched just 8.2 innings in the minors this season, and his final big league appearance on May 11th was also his last outing of the season, though he ended up on the minor league injured list, not the majors. The 24-year-old Kranick had a 6.28 ERA and a 1.71 WHIP in 38.2 innings over nine starts with the 2021 Pirates.

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Hope he gets well and comes back strong. Maybe the convert into a power reliever at that point. I was thinking that that would be his eventual role anyway.


Phuuuuuuuuuq. I really had high hopes for him after seeing the velo spike. Seems like anyone who averages 95 is eventually going to get TJS, just a matter of time.


Did he gain velocity by doing weighted ball training?

I wonder if those who have undertaken the weighted ball training method have a higher rate of injury than other Pitchers?

Wilbur Miller

Funny to see the Pirates’ bb-ref page. It shows their top 12 in bWAR. Kranick appeared in two games and he’s 11th. Roansy is 10th after five games. Marcano is ninth. Chase De Jong is 12th. Speaks volumes about the low quality of so many of the players who’ve seen a lot of time this year.


Hence their shitty run differential.


Since he’s on the minor league IL I wonder if they’ll end up removing him from the 40. Of course there’s a lot of others that can be removed easily.


I was just gonna ask if that would open a spot on the 40


Pretty sure they’d have to call him up and put him on the 60 day IL for that to occur.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

They don’t have to call him up. They can just move him to 60

Ethan Hullihen

Yeah, they would have to call him up to place him on the 60-day IL in order to clear a spot. Placing him on the minor league 60-day IL wouldn’t do that.

Of course, if they did that, that means ML pay and service. Don’t think it would come to this, but if they chose to DFA him, they couldn’t outright him either, they would have to release him if he cleared waivers.

So, not sure how it will play out yet. Interested to see.


Pretty much the same situation the Orioles just had with Jahmai Jones.


I would assume if Mears is close to returning they might want to call Kranick up so as to not have to DFA anyone else (especially since they’ll have Allen and Newman coming back over the next 4-6 weeks, and Cederlind at some point later).

June 19 looks like a good bet, assuming MLB doesn’t (again) delay implementation of the 13 pitcher max. They could up Kranick, option de los Santos, put Kranick on the 60IL, reinstate Mears, option Mears to Indy (and presumably recall a hitter).

But if I’ve learned anything, it’s that 2 weeks is a really long time for things to remain stable. They almost certainly won’t, and for all I know they play the rest of the season with Kranick on the Minor League 60-day IL to save a few hundred thousand dollars.

Wilbur Miller

This guy just can’t catch a break. He’s been plagued by problems all along, now the big one gets him.


figured it was only a matter of time with his continued forearm issues. it is a shame. i hope he can come back strong next year!

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