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John Means

Former WVU Baseball standout and current Baltimore Orioles pitcher John Means will miss the remainder of the 2024 MLB season as a result of Tommy John surgery, Roch Kubatko of the Mid-Atlantic Sports Network announced today.

Means departed with elbow discomfort following the third inning of his May 23 start against the St. Louis Cardinals, throwing up alarm bells. Now his need for surgery is confirmed.

The Orioles selected Means, 31, out of West Virginia in the 11th round of the 2014 MLB Entry Draft. The 6-foot-4 southpaw pitched to a 3.24 ERA across 141.2 innings, striking out 100 batters in parts of two seasons after spending his freshman year at a junior college.

Means made his big league debut as part of Baltimore’s minor-league call ups at the tail end of the 2018 season, and enjoyed almost immediate success. He earned an All-Star selection in 2019 after posting a 2.50 ERA in the first half of the season, then pitched the tenth no-hitter in Orioles history in 2021.

Injuries have cast a cloud over his promising career since then, as he missed all but six games across the 2022 and 2023 seasons due to another UCL reconstruction. Now he’ll have to endure that long recovery once again, although the surgery has a much better career prognosis than it did even a decade ago.

It’s been a bad week for WVU Baseball products. Alek Manoah left the second inning of his start against the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday, raising concerns that he too will need to go under the knife. As of right now, he’s expected to miss an extended period of time but wants to receive a second opinion on the injury, per TSN’s Scott Mitchell.

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