In the past three seasons, right-hander Stephen Fife has seen some time with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a spot-starter.
Fife was acquired from the Boston Red Sox in 2011 and made his major-league debut with the Dodgers the following season.
According to the Dodgers official Twitter account, Fife will not pitch for the Dodgers for the significant future:
Stephen Fife will undergo ulnar collateral ligament (Tommy John) surgery, to be performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles today.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) August 13, 2014
This season, Fife made one start and went six innings, allowing four earned runs in a no-decision. The right-hander pitched in 12 games (10 starts) for the Triple-A Albuquerque Isotopes and struggled with a 6.34 ERA in 49.2 innings.
The loss of Fife opens up a spot on the team’s 40-man roster just before the rosters expand on September 1. The 27-year-old will now be out at least a year and joins fellow Dodger youngsters Ross Stripling and Chris Withrow. Normal recovery time for the procedure is 12-18 months and will cause Fife to miss the 2015 season.
Fife pitched in 12 games (10 starts) for the Dodgers in 2013 and finished with a respectable 3.86 ERA. He struck out 45 batters in 58.1 innings. In 2012, he started five games and ended with a 2.70 ERA. While Fife was not likely to join the starting rotation, he gave the team depth for the stretch run. The Dodgers did recently pick up two starting pitchers in Roberto Hernandez and Kevin Correia that will shoulder some of the burden.
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