By Jason Shetler
Pitcher Rinku Singh will miss the entire 2015 season with another elbow injury, this according to Tim Williams of Pirates Prospects.
Singh has been with the Pirates organization since 2008, signing with them after winning a reality show contest in India that year known as “The Million Dollar Arm”. He made his professional debut for the Gulf Coast League Pirates in July of 2009, becoming the first Indian born pitcher ever to pitch professional baseball in the United States.
During his time in the Pirates system, Singh has posted a 3.42 ERA along with a 7.7 K/9 in 118 appearances, which is quite remarkable given that he didn’t pitch any kind of baseball before coming over to the States. Injuries have now derailed Singh’s career to this point, as he dealt with shoulder problems in 2013, which caused him to miss that year. He then had Tommy John surgery and missed all of the 2014 season. Singh participated in fall instructionals late last year, but fractured the elbow again, and is now going to miss all of 2015.
It’s a real shame that injuries have played a part in Singh’s development. Because he’ll be 27 next year and still pitching A ball, which is old for the level, the Pirates probably view him now as organizational depth moving forward.