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Chicago Cubs prospect Justin Steele has season-ending surgery

George County pitcher Justin Steele works against East Central in the first inning in 2014 at George County High School in Lucedale.
George County pitcher Justin Steele works against East Central in the first inning in 2014 at George County High School in Lucedale. Special to the Sun Herald, File

Former George County star left-hander Justin Steele underwent Tommy John surgery in Chicago on Tuesday to repair his injured left elbow, he confirmed to the Sun Herald.

The Chicago Cubs farmhand suffered the injury during his last appearance for the Single-A Myrtle Beach Pelicans on Aug. 1.

The left-hander said his recovery period will likely last about 10 months and he expects to begin rehab in 13 days.

Steele, who is in his fourth year in the Cubs system, was having his best year as a pro prior to the injury. He was 6-7 with a 2.92 ERA in 20 starts with 82 strikeouts and 36 walks in 98 2/3 innings.

Steele, who originally signed with Southern Miss, was a fifth-round draft pick by the Cubs in 2014 following an outstanding senior campaign at George County. He went 5-1 with a 0.98 ERA in eight appearances, striking out 92 and walking just 12 as a senior for the Rebels.

Steele was ranked the 10th best prospect in the Cubs’ system for 2017 by MLB.com.

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