Jordan Bastian, of MLB.com, reports Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Shaun Marcum (elbow) will require Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on his right elbow and will likely miss the entire 2009 season. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery, but no date has been set for the operation.
This season Marcum posted a 9-7 record with a 3.39 ERA in 151 1/3 innings pitched. Marcum went 3-2 with a 6.19 ERA and 1.62 WHIP after returning from an elbow strain July 22. He was then optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to work on his location. After returning Sept. 2, he made three starts and went 1-0 with a 1.65 ERA, 1.10 WHIP and 14 strikeouts in 16 1/3 innings before leaving that third start Tuesday, Sept. 16; he was experiencing soreness and numbness from his elbow to his pinkie. Now he knows he must go under the knife.
At this point in the season it is safe to drop Marcum in all single-season formats. His long-term fantasy value looks to be in danger as well with the news that he will likely miss the entire 2009 season. Only those in full-retention or very deep keeper leagues should consider retaining him.
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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