Braves reliever Tyler Matzek undergoing Tommy John surgery

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After being left off the NLDS lineup due to elbow soreness, Tyler Matzek has officially been ruled out for the rest of the postseason after Brian Snitker confirmed the Braves reliever will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Matzek was a hero in last year’s World Series run, delivering in perhaps the biggest moment of the NLCS when he came on with runners on second and third and no outs and was able to strike out the side. It was quite possibly the loudest I have ever heard Truist Park, and he’ll always be a legend in Braves Country.

You have to feel bad for Tyler Matzek, given how much he’s gone through to get back to the point he was last season. In 43.2 innings pitched this season, the 31-year-old posted a 3.50 ERA with a 7.4 SO/9. It was a bit of a drop-off from the incredible 2021 season Matzek had, but that could’ve been due to the multitude of injuries he’s dealt with this season.┬áThankfully, the Braves bullpen is among the best in baseball and is undoubtedly in a position to handle the blow of this loss. After dropping Game 1 of the NLDS, Atlanta will square off with Philly in Game 2 as Kyle Wright and Zack Wheeler take the mound.

Rich von Biberstein/Icon Sportswire

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