Aug 24, 2011, 2:47 PM EDT
Manny Parra has been on the disabled list all season with elbow and back problems, and now the Brewers left-hander is headed for surgery to replace a screw that has been in his elbow.
Parra initially had the screw inserted to fix a stress fracture when he was a teenager, so considering he went on to become a big leaguer–and at one point looked very promising–it actually held up pretty well.
Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that the surgery is unrelated to Parra’s previous elbow issues, which included a strained flexor tendon and ulnar collateral ligament for which multiple doctors advised against Tommy John surgery.
Surgery to repair the decade-old screw would require an offseason full of rehab, but should leave Parra with plenty of time to be ready for spring training. Whether he’ll still be with the Brewers by that point is another issue.