Report: Blue Jays closer Ken Giles undergoes Tommy John surgery

Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles. (Winslow Townson/AP)

Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles underwent successful Tommy John surgery Wednesday and is expected to make a full recovery, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman.

It was a forgettable season for the 30-year-old, who is headed to free agency. He missed nearly seven weeks of the campaign with a forearm strain before returning for two one-inning appearances and being shut down again mid-way through September due to the recurring injury.

In total, the veteran closer appeared in just 3.2 innings and compiled a 9.82 ERA.

Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reported last month that he's likely to miss most, if not all, of 2021 recovering from Tommy John surgery.

The native of Albuquerque, N.M., has stated several times that he'd like to remain in Toronto and has performed well since arriving from the Houston Astros in the Roberto Osuna deal. During his Blue Jays tenure, he's converted 38 of 39 save opportunities in 78 games, with a 2.83 ERA and 111 strikeouts against 25 walks in 76.1 innings.

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