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Veteran reliever Joe Beimel undergoes Tommy John surgery

May 30, 2012, 12:00 AM EDT

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No wonder Joe Beimel couldn’t make a team this spring; he was pitching with a torn elbow ligament.

Beimel underwent Tommy John surgery earlier this month, Yahoo! Sports’ Tim Brown reports. He plans to resume his career next season.

The 35-year-old said he’s been pitching with the sore elbow for years. He had a 5.33 ERA in 35 appearances for Pittsburgh last year. He signed with the Rangers this spring but was released a week prior to Opening Day.

Beimel had his best seasons with the Dodgers from 2006-08, finishing with ERAs of 2.96, 3.88 and 2.02 while making between 62 and 83 appearances each year. Since he’s left-handed, he shouldn’t have much trouble finding a team willing to take a shot on him next spring.

  1. cptnew1 - May 30, 2012 at 1:01 AM

    He was my daughters first big league autograph. Heck of a nice guy. All the best to him.

  2. heyzeus143 - May 30, 2012 at 1:59 AM

    sometimes that bucco curse follows you

  3. hoopmatch - May 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I wonder if Tommy John gets a royalty check every time someone refers to this particular surgery by his name…

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