Fans were startled to hear Félix Bautista announce his  departure from the Baltimore Orioles this time’s serious


It’s never easy when a star player gets injured and the Baltimore Orioles were dealt that dose of reality when their star closer, Felix Bautista, went down with an elbow injury.

The 28-year-old was putting together one of the best relief performances in MLB history when his season abruptly ended.

He was 8-2 with a 1.48 ERA across 61 innings pitched and 110 strikeouts.

That was good enough to earn him American League Reliever of the Year honors, despite him last pitching in August due to his injury that required Tommy John surgery to repair.

The Orioles now will have to operate without their star for the entire upcoming season.

Craig Kimbrel was signed this offseason to lessen that burden, but there’s no doubt when Bautista gets back into the mix, this team becomes that much more difficult to face.

So, when might Baltimore get back their elite closer?

He spoke with reporters to update how his rehab is going.

“The recovery is going well. Just trying to stay focused and do everything I can to get back on the field at 100%,” Bautista said via an interpreter according to Jake Rill of

That’s a good sign, but he’s still expected to miss all of 2024.

However, he could be back in the mix for the start of the 2025 season.

“That return to the mound won’t occur in 2024, as Bautista is expected to miss the entire campaign while rehabbing. With the right-hander expected back in time for Spring Training 2025, Bautista and the Orioles got together on a two-year extension upon the announcement of his surgery back in September,” Nick Deeds of MLB Trade Rumors writes.

As long as the recovery continues to go well, then Bautista should have no issues being ready for the start of 2025.

This would be huge for the Orioles and it seems like they’re confident in that happening since they gave him the contract exte

Baltimore Orioles closer Félix Bautista will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in the next few weeks, general manager Mike Elias announced Saturday, according to The Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.

The All-Star reliever will likely be out through the 2024 campaign.

Elias added that Bautista tried to return for the playoffs, but they “ran out of time.”

The right-hander hasn’t pitched since late August due to a UCL injury.

The Orioles and Bautista also agreed to terms on a two-year deal through 2025, according to Janes.

Left-hander John Means signed a similar two-year contract with the team after he underwent Tommy John surgery in 2022.

Bautista posted a 1.48 ERA with 16.2 K/9 and 33 saves over 56 games during a sensational 2023 season for the AL East champions.

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