Detroit Tigers' Matthew Boyd needs flexor tendon surgery, expects to pitch in 2022

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Detroit Tigers left-hander Matthew Boyd will undergo surgery Monday in Dallas to repair the flexor tendon in his throwing arm.

Dr. Keith Meister, the head team physician for the Texas Rangers, will perform the surgery. Boyd visited Meister and Dr. Neal ElAttrache — the head team physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers — for opinions on his left elbow strain. The injury forced him to miss roughly half of the 2021 season.

The timetable for Boyd's recovery is unclear, but the 30-year-old believes he will return to the mound in 2022.

"I'll go down there and meet with Meister," Boyd said Friday. "He's just going to clean up the tendon a little bit. The ligament, both guys said, is solid, looks fine and is strong, so let's clean this up so I can be healthy for next season and do everything I can to help this team win a World Series."

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Matthew Boyd may need Tommy John surgery, which would almost certainly cost him all of the 2022 season.
Matthew Boyd may need Tommy John surgery, which would almost certainly cost him all of the 2022 season.

Boyd finished the season with a 3.89 ERA, 23 walks and 67 strikeouts in 78⅔ innings over 15 games. He has a career 4.96 ERA across seven seasons for the Toronto Blue Jays (2015) and Tigers (2015-21).

"I'm going to use this to get stronger," Boyd said. "I'm going to use this to get my forearm stronger, my shoulder stronger, my lower half stronger, and I'm going to come back healthy, stronger and better than I was before. This season, I started to realize the best baseball I've ever pitched, and then this kind of came up.

"To me, it's exciting that I get to put this behind me and be uninhibited going forward with everything I have gained this year. Something that has been nagging over the course of a while is going to be gone, and it's going to be new. Everything else, it'll take care of itself. When I pick up a baseball next year, I'm going to be the best version of Matthew Boyd."

This story will be updated.

Evan Petzold is a sports reporter at the Detroit Free Press. Contact him at epetzold@freepress.com or follow him on Twitter @EvanPetzold. Read more on the Detroit Tigers and sign up for our Tigers newsletter.

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