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SARASOTA, Fla. — Orioles closer Félix Bautista is still targeting opening day 2025 for his return from Tommy John elbow reconstruction surgery and is recovering well from a follow-up procedure Feb. 9.

The additional surgery — a right elbow debridement and an ulnar nerve transposition — cleaned up scar tissue in the elbow and moved his nerve to free it from being compressed by scar tissue to increase his range of motion.

The 2024 playoffs were never a publicly stated return date for Orioles closer Félix Bautista in his rehabilitation from October 2023 Tommy John elbow reconstruction, but a follow-up procedure conducted Feb. 9 further cemented his eventual return for 2025, according to an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports-related injuries to the elbow, shoulder and knee.

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The 2024 playoffs were never a publicly stated return date for Orioles closer Félix Bautista in his rehabilitation from October 2023 Tommy John elbow reconstruction, but a follow-up procedure conducted Feb. 9 further cemented his eventual return for 2025, according to an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports-related injuries to the elbow, shoulder and knee.

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BALTIMORE — Baltimore Orioles reliever Felix Bautista will have Tommy John surgery next month and miss the playoffs and likely the entire 2024 season.

The 28-year-old right-hander was placed on the 15-day injured list on Aug. 26, one day after he was hurt during a game against the Colorado Rockies.

“That was kind of the long-term conclusion as soon as we had our arms around the injury,” general manager Mike Elias said Saturday.

Elias also said Bautista had agreed to a two-year contract. Bautista would have been eligible for salary arbitration after the 2024 season.

Bautista had hoped to return for the playoffs, Baltimore’s first postseason appearance since 2016. The American League East champions open the division series on Oct. 7.

“To Felix’s credit, bless his heart, he realized there might be a window to keep his arm throwing, up and running,” Elias said. “But we just ran out of time for this to be a feasible and successful option for the postseason, and it stopped making sense, so we went ahead and scheduled the surgery. There’s nothing that changed or nothing that happened in the last couple of weeks that he’s been throwing.”

Bautista was 8-2 with a 1.48 ERA and 33 saves in 39 chances. The first-time All-Star struck out 110 of 237 batters.

“He should be back to being Felix Bautista in the spring of 2025,” Elias said.

Last month in Arizona, 38 miles apart, the two managers who shared the World Series stage last autumn returned to work after very different offseasons.

Texas manager Bruce Bochy spent his winter basking in the glow of his fourth career championship, the first in franchise history for the Rangers.

“You get a deeper appreciation for something like this after you step back from the game,” Bochy said on a recent sunny day at Rangers camp in Surprise, Arizona. “You take them all in, in different ways. I just enjoyed having all my family there, including my grandkids.”

Across the valley, Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo needed time to process his team’s loss in last year’s Fall Classic, but he arrived at camp able to put what his club accomplished in perspective.

“My wife and I sat down at the dinner table about three weeks after the season,” Lovullo said. “She said to me, ‘Do you know what kind of an accomplishment that was? … It’s time for you to understand what you guys did and how proud you should be.’

“I started to focus on that.”

But even as his mindset shifted, he couldn’t escape reminders of what happened in those five games in late October and early November.

“I was watching Kyle Shanahan walk off the field after losing the Super Bowl, and he looked so sad,” Lovullo said of the San Francisco 49ers’ head coach. “He looked like he was ready to cry. I was like, ‘I’ve been there, buddy.'”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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