Boston Red Sox

Bryan Mata, Red Sox' top pitching prospect, undergoes Tommy John surgery

Red Sox top pitching prospect Bryan Mata underwent Tommy John surgery Tuesday, the team announced Wednesday afternoon.

Mata, 21, suffered a slight tear of the ulnar collateral ligament in his right pitching elbow in early March and recently began a throwing program to determine whether he could avoid the procedure.

Mata was added to the 40-man roster over the winter, and some in the organization believed he had a chance to reach the big leagues this year on the strength of his mid- to high-90s fastball and slider, offerings he complements with a four-seamer, curve, and changeup.

Matt Barnes , who had the save in Game 1, has retired 21 of the first 23 batters he has faced this season and has not allowed a hit over seven innings while striking out 14.

Righthander Colten Brewer originally was a part of the Sox’ taxi squad for this trip and would have been the 27th man, but he didn’t feel good coming out of a recent bullpen and was described as a little banged up.

Josh Donaldson , who hasn’t played since Opening Day because of a right hamstring strain, was activated for Game 2 and started at third base.

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