Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - If there is a 2020 baseball season, the Pirates will be down one starting pitcher before it begins. The team announced that right-hander Chris Archer underwent surgery for neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome on Tuesday. He is projected to return for the 2021 season.
The surgery was performed at Washington University Hospital in St. Louis after Archer had consulted with several leading vascular and orthopedic surgeons in recent weeks.
Neurogenic thoracic outlet syndrome occurs when the nerves leading from the neck to the arm are compressed. Symptoms include pain in the neck, shoulder and hand, as well as numbness in the arm or fingers.
During spring training in February, Archer experienced neck stiffness, causing him to miss time. He ended the 2019 season on the injured list with shoulder inflammation.
Archer's full contract for 2020 was to pay him $9 million. The Pirates hold an $11 million option for 2021.