Twins general manager Thad Levine announced Saturday that an MRI revealed that May has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. He will get a second medical opinion Sunday before deciding whether to undergo season-ending surgery.
May, 27, went 2-2 with a 5.27 ERA as a reliever last season before being sidelined with a back injury that eventually was diagnosed as a stress fracture.
"It's a big blow, especially with how last year went and trying to get back to where it was," May told reporters Saturday. "I was excited. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to do that this year."
May took to Twitter on Saturday to thank his supporters.
Sometimes you work and work, and life roudhouse kicks you in the face anyways.— IamTrevorMay (@trevmay65) March 11, 2017
Good thing my jaw is made of titanium.
Truly sad right now, but your well wishes have helped so much already. Thank you.— IamTrevorMay (@trevmay65) March 11, 2017
The 6-foot-5 May, who had been vying for a spot in Minnesota's starting rotation, suffered the injury while pitching Wednesday in an exhibition against Team USA. He said he felt "a little grab" in his elbow but stayed in the game, throwing a total of 58 pitches over 3 2/3 innings.
"I downplayed it in my head," May said, according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "I thought it was some tightness in my flexors, something I've felt before. A lot of times it's a coin flip for whether or not it's nothing or it's bad."
"When the results of the MRI came back, it was a little bit unique in the sense that it sounded as if the wear and tear component, or the cumulative impact, was very minimal," Levine said. "It really was an acute injury."