Knebel to have Tommy John surgery

Brewers reliever Corey Knebel has decided to undergo Tommy John surgery on a torn UCL in his elbow next week, he will miss the entire 2019 season as a result.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said there was "reason for concern" regarding Knebel's elbow during the last week of spring training. Today was marked as the day Knebel would decide whether to have surgery or rehab the elbow in hopes of impovement.

Knebel says the surgery is the safer route, and he could be ready or close to ready to pitch by the start of the 2020 season.

The 27-year old right-hander has become a force in the Brewers bullpen over the past few years. His best season came in 2017, when he made the National League All-Star team, finishing the season with a 1.78 ERA.