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Report: Braves’ 2022 first-rounder having Tommy John surgery

Jul 17, 2022; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Former Atlanta Braves player Fred McGriff presents JR Ritchie right with his jersey after he was selected by the Atlanta Braves as the 35th pick of the MLB draft at XBox Plaza at LA Live. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves pitching prospect JR Ritchie will have Tommy John surgery Wednesday, Baseball America reported.

The 19-year-old right-hander has a “moderate grade two” UCL tear in his right elbow, per the report.

The Braves drafted Ritchie with a supplemental pick (35th overall) in the first round of the 2022 MLB draft.

The Seattle-area native made four starts at Class A Augusta this season, going 0-1 with a 5.40 ERA. He struck out 25 and walked three in 13 1/3 innings.

–Field Level Media

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