MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins reliever Blaine Hardy, an Edmonds-Woodway High School alum, underwent Tommy John surgery last week and is expected to miss the 2020 season, according to the Star Tribune.
Hardy, 33, was signed to a minor-league contract by the Twins after being waived be the Detroit Tigers in November. He compiled a 14-10 record with an ERA of 3.73 in 233 appearances for the Tigers over six seasons.
Hardy, who graduated from Edmonds-Woodway in 2007, made his major-league debut on June 16, 2014, in a game against the Kansas City Royals.
Hardy’s journey to the major leagues was long, difficult and at times disappointing. He was chosen in the 22nd round of the 2008 draft by Kansas City, and he spent the next five seasons working his way up through the Royals’ minor-league system, only to be released during spring training of 2013. But Detroit officials called him a few days later, and he spent the start of the 2013 season splitting time between Double-A and Triple-A in the Tigers’ system.
Hardy opened the 2014 season in Triple-A before his long-awaited promotion that June.