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Tough day for Rangers: Poveda set for Tommy John

Feb 24, 2010, 6:10 PM EDT

Barring a favorable second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, Rangers prospect Omar Poveda will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the season.
Injuries have hurt Poveda’s stock since a very impressive campaign in the Midwest League in 2007. He went 11-4 with a 2.70 ERA and a 120/32 K/BB ratio for low Single-A Clinton then. Shoulder problems limited him in 2008, when he went 4-4 with a 4.47 ERA in 17 starts for high-A Bakersfield. He spent most of last year in Double-A and went a respectable 11-6 with a 4.10 ERA. However, he struck out just 78 in 140 1/3 innings.
In a sense, this could be good news for Poveda, whose stuff simply hasn’t been the same since 2007. He didn’t resemble a potential major leaguer last year, and there was no clear explanation for his loss of velocity. Fortunately, he’ll be just 23 when he comes back in 2011, and if his best fastball returns, he still could factor into the Rangers’ plans.

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