Nationals infield prospect Matt Skole underwent Tommy John surgery on his left elbow, and a procedure on his left wrist, in Washington on Wednesday, General Manager Mike Rizzo said. Skole, the Nationals’ minor league player of the year in 2012, is considered one of the organization’s top three hitting prospects, alongside Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin.
Skole, 23, sustained the injuries on April 5 in a collision at first base during the second game of the minor league season. The collision with a runner at the bag had enough force to hit his non-throwing arm, cause a microfracture in his wrist and sever the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Skole is a left-handed hitter but throws with his right hand.
Rizzo said Skole is facing a three- to four-month recovery before he resumes swinging a bat again, far shorter than pitchers because he is a position player and it affects his non-throwing arm. The surgery was performed by team doctor Wiemi Douoguih.
Last season, Skole hit .291/.426/.559 between Class A Hagerstown and Class A Potomac, playing only third base. He impressed Nationals coaches, officials and teammates with his powerful swing this spring training as a non-roster invitee. This season, he was set to spend time at both first and third base, as he did during spring training.