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J.C. Ramirez has a partially torn UCL, the fourth Angel to do so in the past two years

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He’s getting stem cell surgery, but still. Welp.

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Coming into the season, J.C. Ramirez was supposed to be a long reliever on the fringe of a roster spot, and nobody batted an eye. With his spring training and first half performance, though, Ramirez earned a greater role with the club as a starting pitcher when Garrett Richards went on the Disabled List early in the year. He impressed quite a bit, even to the extent of earning his own Fangraphs article.

And though the greater data (4.15 ERA, 4.70 FIP, 6.41 K/9, 2.99 BB/9, 15.2% HR/FB in 2017) suggests he has the mold of an innings-eating, back-end starter, even that is a valuable commodity in today’s injury-riddled pitching game. It was known Ramirez has been on the shelf for a month, but now new information has been presented, courtesy of LA Times beat writer Pedro Moura.

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If you’re keeping score at home and counting Tyler Skaggs in the Angels’ recent UCL woes, then that’s five starting pitching elbow tears in four years. Oh yeah, and Alex Meyer tore his labrum, meaning he’s out for the entirety of 2018.

Noteworthy, Ramirez (like Garrett Richards) is getting stem cell surgery instead of TJ Surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament, which will hopefully make him available to pitch in 2018. Oh well.