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Sergio Escalona to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

Mar 24, 2012, 10:12 AM EDT

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According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, the Astros announced this morning that left-hander Sergio Escalona has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery next week.

Escalona, who was acquired from the Phillies last January, posted a 2.93 ERA and 25/11 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings out of Houston’s bullpen last season. The 27-year-old held left-handed batters to a .188/.278/.313 batting line and a .590 OPS.

With Escalona sidelined, Wesley Wright and Fernando Abad will likely compete for the team’s left-handed specialist job. Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow hasn’t dismissed the possibility of using non-roster invitee Zach Duke out of the bullpen if he doesn’t win a spot in the starting rotation.

  1. jwbiii - Mar 24, 2012 at 10:37 AM

    Somewhere, Mike Gonzalez and Scott Boras chortle and exchange a high five.

  2. jwbiii - Mar 25, 2012 at 12:22 AM

    Nothing could go wrong with this plan

  3. jwbiii - Mar 27, 2012 at 9:00 AM
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