Tanner Witt, one of the vital pieces of Texas’ pitching staff, will miss the remainder of the 2022 baseball season and undergo Tommy John surgery to repair an injured ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his throwing arm.
The typical recovery time for Tommy John surgery is about a year, so there is a good chance that Tanner Witt has pitched his last game as a Longhorn, seeing that he will likely be drafted in 2023.
D1Baseball’s Kendall Rogers was the first to break the news.
Witt had made two starts for the top-ranked Longhorns, amassing a 1.64 ERA and had struck out 14 of the 45 batters he faced thanks to a nasty curveball.
Coming out of high school, Witt was a two-way prospect, as he was also a hard-hitting third baseman at Episcopal High School in the class of 2020. Instead of heading straight for the big leagues, Witt decided to show off his stuff at the collegiate level and decided to attend Texas.
The sophomore pitcher will now have to work hard at recovering ahead of the 2023 while his team adjusts to the idea of having one less weapon in the bullpen.