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Félix Bautista, right-hander for the Baltimore Orioles, had additional medical procedures on his right elbow after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The procedures were performed to clean up scar tissue and free the ulnar nerve from compression. The Orioles do not expect any changes to Bautista's recovery timeline, and he is still expected to return for the 2025 season.
"We do not anticipate any changes in his overall Tommy John recovery timeline and we still expect him to return for the 2025 season."
Bautista, who was already set to miss the entire 2024 season due to Tommy John surgery, signed a two-year deal with the Orioles covering the 2024 and 2025 seasons. The additional procedures will not impact his previous status, but some concern is natural given the talented pitcher's history. In his first two seasons, Bautista has had impressive stats, with a 1.85 earned runs allowed per nine innings and a 40.4% strikeout rate.
"Through his first two seasons, he has made 121 appearances with a tiny 1.85 earned runs allowed per nine innings. His 10% walk rate is a tad high but he's paired that with a massive 40.4% strikeout rate, racking up 48 saves in the process."
While Bautista will miss a significant amount of playing time due to his injuries, he will still be eligible for arbitration for the 2026 and 2027 seasons before becoming a free agent.
He will be eligible for arbitration for the 2026 and 2027 seasons before he would be slated for free agency.