I'm more concerned about how his elbow got to this extreme of an injury than I am about the delay in surgery. A UCL tear doesn't appear out of nowhere. There are weeks or months of pain first, which can involve tendinitis, tendinosis and a sprain along the way. Sometimes the pain radiates throughout your arm and sometimes it wakes you up at night. Rest along the way can be a great cure. After one prize position player loses important development time to TJ, you'd think the team would have implemented new processes for managing its top prospects, including building an understanding and level of trust that all physical issues must be reported.
Second, I'm concerned more about this injury for Kiriloff than I was for Sano or would be for the average player. Kiriloff apparently is a product of his training program. The word last year was that he was more advanced than other players because of his program, whereas other players were considered to possibly have more upside, because they were roughly equivalent but hadn't had the benefit of a program that was as good as Kiriloff's. Now, it is likely that Kiriloff will not be able to continue with that program, because (1) he will be in a rehab program and (2) his past program may have been the cause of his problem. If his training program was a foundation of his success and he can no longer do it, a lot more doubt attaches to his value.
Edited by Deduno Abides, 01 March 2017 - 04:35 PM.