Orioles reliever Félix Bautista will have Tommy John surgery, miss postseason

Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Félix Bautista will have Tommy John surgery and miss the postseason, the team announced Saturday. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Orioles general manager Mike Elias said on Sept. 11 Bautista has a partial UCL tear and didn’t rule him out for the postseason at that time.
  • Bautista hasn’t pitched since Aug. 25 when he exited Baltimore’s 5-4 victory over the Colorado Rockies due to right elbow discomfort. He was placed on the 15-day IL a day later.
  • The Orioles have already clinched the American League East and a postseason berth, their first since 2016.


Bautista, 28, is playing his second full season with the Orioles. Through 56 games this season, he posted a 1.48 ERA and 0.92 WHIP. On his career, he has a 1.85 ERA and a .924 WHIP through 126 2/3 innings pitched.

Bautista earned his first All-Star selection this season, joining teammates Yennier Cano (right-handed pitcher), Austin Hays (outfielder) and Adley Rutschman (catcher).

The Orioles clinched the AL East with a 2-0 win over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. Baltimore’s first division title since 2014 is the 10th in club history and completes a turnaround for a team that had multiple 100-loss seasons and is operating with one of the lowest payrolls in baseball.

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