After a tear was found in his UCL, Chris Withrow was recommended to have Tommy John surgery. Withrow chose to get a second opinion and it now appears that the opinion was the same as the first.
According to J.P. Hoornstra of the LA Daily News, the right-handed reliever will proceed with the procedure:
Dodgers pitcher Chris Withrow will have Tommy John surgery Tuesday in Florida. The surgery will be performed by Dr. James Andrews.
Withrow was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on May 21 when left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu was reinstated from the disabled list. The sophomore reliever did not immediately report to his assignment, drawing questions about why he had not yet showed up. It was discovered last week that Withrow would go on the DL with an elbow injury that was determined to be a tear in his UCL.
The loss comes as a blow to the relieving corps, even though Withrow wasn’t currently on the big league club. Though he struggled with his control this season, the 25-year-old had a 2.95 ERA in 20 appearances thus far. He provided a power arm that manager Don Mattingly could bring into any situation. Withrow was beginning to establish himself as one of the more consistent relievers for the Dodgers before his demotion and injury.
Once the surgery is completed, the right-hander will go through a long recovery that will keep him sidelined at least a year. Withrow becomes the second pitcher of prominence in the Dodger organization to have the procedure this season, along with prospect Ross Stripling. Chad Billingsley and Scott Elbert are currently rehabbing and recovering from their surgeries last season.
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