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MRI reveals elbow damage for Braves reliever Luke Jackson

Oct 30, 2021; Atlanta, Georgia, USA; Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Luke Jackson (77) reacts to the third out of the eighth inning of game four of the 2021 World Series against the Houston Astros at Truist Park. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves reliever Luke Jackson will have further evaluation after the team said Saturday that an MRI revealed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

If the UCL is torn, Jackson likely would require Tommy John surgery and would miss the entire 2022 season.

Jackson, 30, had been shut down for a week after experiencing some discomfort. When he resumed his throwing program, the issue returned and prompted the MRI.

Jackson pitched in 71 games out of the bullpen for the 2021 World Series champion Braves, posting a 1.98 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings. He allowed no runs on one hit in 3 2/3 innings against the Houston Astros in the World Series.

His career numbers through seven seasons with the Texas Rangers (2015-16) and Braves include a 16-6 record with 19 saves and a 4.24 ERA in 253 appearances (no starts).

–Field Level Media