Matthew Boyd was sitting in the canoe at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon, smiling broadly enough at a pitcher who is due to undergo major arm surgery.
The good news here: After consulting with several doctors, including renowned orthopedic surgeons Keith Meister and Neal ElAttrache, Boyd learned he wouldn’t need Tommy John surgery. The UCL in his left arm is believed to be strong, and he won’t have an arm procedure that will cost him an entire season.
Boyd, however, will undergo surgery on his left flexor tendon Monday in Dallas. There is no definitive timeline for how long Boyd is expected to be away, but a typical recovery takes almost nine months. There’s a good chance Boyd isn’t ready for the next opening day, but he could still pitch at some point next summer.
Much to deal with.
But there was the still optimistic Boyd on Friday, projecting positivity despite a whirlwind of questions around him.
“It’s going to be good to put this (injury) completely behind me and go ahead and feel amazing,” Boyd said. “It’s like an intermission for Act 2 of my career. I’m going to be stronger going forward, throwing my best baseball, so I’m excited about that point.
And yet, it’s hard to talk about this turning point in Boyd’s career without once again talking about his contractual situation. Boyd is entering his final year of officiating this offseason. He is making $ 6.5 million this year and may have to receive another raise this winter if the Tigers choose to offer him a contract.
Just two years ago, Boyd stood inside the Tigers clubhouse as the de facto ace of a rebuilding pitching team, happy to stay in Detroit after an uncertain 2019 trade deadline.