This was finally the time for Brent Honeywell to make his mark on the majors. The former top 100 prospect had an excellent opportunity ahead of him with the Oakland A’s, especially as additional spots were likely to open up in the rotation. It was a chance for Honeywell to finally establish himself at the major league level.
Those plans are once again on hold. The injury bug has struck once more, as Honeywell has an olecranon stress reaction in his throwing elbow. He is once again being shut down indefinitely as a course of action is determined.
Brent Honeywell cannot catch a break
This is certainly not the news that either Honeywell or the A’s wanted. The one time phenom has already undergone four surgeries on his elbow, having dealt with Tommy John surgery and a broken bone in his elbow during his rehab. He had missed over three years due to injuries and the pandemic before returning to the mound in 2021.
Last year was a step in the right direction for Honeywell. All those years of rehab and his numerous surgeries proved to be worthwhile as he was able to make his major league debut. Even if his numbers were not what anyone would have hoped, the fact that he was healthy throughout the entire season was plenty of encouragement.
The 2022 campaign was supposed to be the next step. Now that Honeywell had shaken the rust off of three years without pitching, he was ready to stake his claim to a spot in the rotation. The A’s were the perfect landing spot for him to re-establish himself without any pressure.
Instead, he is injured once again. He has a stress reaction in the bone in the back of his pitching elbow and is likely staring at another long stint on the Injured List. Once again, right when Honeywell seemed ready to establish himself in the majors, disaster has struck.
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Brent Honeywell is injured once again just as he was ready to establish himself. The Oakland A’s pitching prospect just cannot catch a break with his health.