Right-handed pitcher Anthony Varvaro was designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox on April 29 and got picked up off waivers by the Chicago Cubs a few days later as they were in need of reliever help after an injury bug hit their bullpen around the same time.
The Red sox announced today, however, that the Cubs have returned him and that he’s been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The reason is that Varvaro, unfortunately, has a torn right flexor tendon and his season is pretty much over. Although Tommy John surgery isn’t necessary, he will have to endure roughly five to seven months of rehab barring any setbacks. This should allow him to work out for a few months prior to next season’s spring training.
League rules state that the team that owned the rights to a particular player is also responsible for his care and rehabilitation, which is why he was shipped back to the Red Sox.
Varvaro, 30, began his career with the Seattle Mariners but really showed what he could do over the next four seasons with the Atlanta Braves. He began 2015 with the Red Sox but after an underwhelming start was designated for assignment. He owns a decent career ERA of 3.23 to go along with his 7-9 record and 150 strikeouts.
A native of New York, he played his college ball at St. John’s University before being taken by the Mariners in the 12th round of the 2005 amateur draft.