Sunday, June 01, 2014

Withrow Likely Out For The Year

Yeah, I know this is late, just trying to pick up loose ends here. It sounds like it's not quite final yet pending a second opinion, but a tear in an elbow ligament can't be good:

Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow has been diagnosed with a ligament tear in his right elbow and has been told he needs Tommy John surgery.

The team said Thursday that the right-hander was examined last week by a team physician, who diagnosed a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. He is seeking a second opinion before deciding on surgery.

"It is a blow, because he has a power arm and he's a guy who had success for us in that playoff run last year," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said. "Obviously, you all saw how I used him this year, into the eighth inning, the seventh inning. I remember him pitching with the bases loaded and 2-0 and getting CarGo (Carlos Gonzalez) and Tulo (Troy Tulowitzki). He's a guy we're going to miss."

Withrow's got a 2.95 ERA in 20 games, with 21.1 IP (18 BB, 28 Ks). He's on the 15-day DL from May 30th. Get well soon, Chris!