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Cla Meredith to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery

Mar 2, 2011, 12:12 PM EDT

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Cla Meredith had bone chips removed from his elbow during the offseason and it took just 20 throws for his arm to start barking again this spring, but unfortunately the injury is more serious this time around.

Today the Nationals announced that Meredith, who was competing for a middle relief job on a minor-league contract, will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.

Meredith had a very nice three-and-a-half-season run with the Padres, posting a 3.26 ERA in 237 innings, but the right-handed ground-baller saw his performance dip after joining the Orioles in mid-2009 and spent much of last season in the minors.

He’s still just 28 years old, so there’s plenty of time for Meredith to make a full recovery, but as a side-armer with a mid-80s fastball he didn’t have a ton of margin for error even before going under the knife.

  1. BC - Mar 2, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    How do you blow your arm out after 20 throws, after ostensibly staying in shape in the offseason? Good Lord the guy is as brittle as glass…

    • Joe - Mar 2, 2011 at 1:16 PM

      I read that as, “it took just 20 throws to confirm that his problem was more than just bone chips.”

    • JBerardi - Mar 2, 2011 at 6:13 PM

      You certainly don’t get to a TJ with 20 throws. Staying in shape in the offseason is great and all, but it’s not going to reverse a decade’s worth of ligament damage.

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