Right-hander Daniel Missaki -- who started and pitched the first 7 innings of a combined no-hitter for the Clinton LumberKings on May 1st, earning him Midwest League Pitcher of the Week honors when they were announced the following Monday -- had his season end after his May 6th start. He was placed on the disabled list on the 7th, and then flew to Seattle and underwent surgery by Mariners' team physician Dr. Ed Khalfayan to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow on May 14th, the Mariners announced. He will miss the remainder of the 2015 season and will get a late start on the 2016 campaign as typical recovery for Tommy John surgery is more than a calendar year.
Missaki, 19, was tied for the organization lead in strikeouts with 34 and had walked just five batters in 34 1/3 innings at the time of his injury. The Brazilian-born right-handed starter has pitched 106 innings as a pro for Seattle after being signed by the club following his appearance in the WBC as a 16 year old. The third youngest pitcher in the Midwest League this season, Missaki was one of the bright spots for Clinton early in the year after pitching well in 2015 mini-camp for the M's. He had pitched at least five innings in each of his six 2015 starts for Clinton after tying for the Appalachian League Lead in wins and ranking 5th in strikeouts in 2014 for Pulaski.
Missaki was No. 42 on our Top-50 Mariners Prospect Countdown prior to the 2015 season starting.
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