Jordan Sheffield to undergo Tommy John surgery

Jordan Sheffield (@jordan_sheff), one of the top high school arms in the Draft class of 2013, will undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday morning, MLB.com has learned.

Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery on the talented right-hander. Sheffield, the nephew of former big leaguer Gary Sheffield, was ranked No. 47 on MLB.com’s most recent Top 50 Draft prospects rankings, but this turn of events leaves his immediate future up in the air.

“I haven’t gotten to speak with him, but talking to his brother and dad, he was upset obviously at first,” said Brad White, Sheffield’s coach at Tullahoma High School in Tennessee. “Obviously, his high school career is over. I know he’s thinking, ‘I’ve got the best man in the business doing the surgery, that’s the best I can hope for. And I’ll have a new arm when this is over with.”

Sheffield hadn’t pitched since March 12, when he came out of his start after 73 pitches because of forearm tightness. He originally rested and rehabbed his arm, acting as the team’s designated hitter in the interim. He didn’t even return to his normal non-pitching position, shortstop, until Tullahoma’s opening game at the National High School Invitational at the USA Baseball National Training Complex on March 27.

He was slated to pitch the following day, but was shut down again after warming up pre-game. Sheffield had an MRI when he got back to Tennessee the Tuesday after the tournament, then saw Dr. Andrews this Wednesday morning. Surgery was scheduled for the following morning. The right-hander is committed to Vanderbilt University and one scouting director said that he was already considered to be a tough sign because of that commitment. The surgery, the scouting director said, “sealed his fate.”

More to come in a full story on MLB.com.

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