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Lefty prospect Ragans to undergo Tommy John

Former first-round Draft pick has torn ligament; RHP Cody dealing with elbow inflammation
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SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-handed pitcher Cole Ragans, who was the Rangers' No. 1 pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, has a torn ligament in his elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

The Rangers also announced that right-hander Kyle Cody, who was their Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, will likely miss at least two months with elbow inflammation.

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Left-handed pitcher Cole Ragans, who was the Rangers' No. 1 pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, has a torn ligament in his elbow and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

The Rangers also announced that right-hander Kyle Cody, who was their Minor League Pitcher of the Year last season, will likely miss at least two months with elbow inflammation.

"They are two of our better ones," farm director Jayce Tingler said. "It's never easy. First, we feel for the young players. We know the work they put in and try to understand where they are emotionally. Secondly, for the organization's development, that's a pretty big body blow."

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Ragans was the 30th overall pick in 2016 and is the No. 4 prospect in the Rangers farm system according to MLB Pipeline. He was 3-2 with a 3.61 ERA in 13 starts at Class A Short Season Spokane. The surgery will be done in the next two weeks and the recovery time is 12-14 months.

"Obviously it's a big blow for him and the organization," Tingler said. "That one hurts."

Cody started feeling the inflammation three weeks ago. The Rangers are going to shut him down for three to four more weeks and then re-examine the elbow. The Rangers are hopeful that he does not have a tear that will require surgery. But he will still need at least another month after he is cleared to throw to build back up.

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"Is there no concern?" Tingler said. "That wouldn't be accurate."

Cody made a combined 23 starts for Class A Hickory and Class A Advanced Down East last year, going 9-6 with a 2.64 ERA. Opponents hit .219 off him. MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the organization.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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