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Kyle Drabek to undergo his second Tommy John surgery

Jun 18, 2012, 5:56 PM EDT

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Kyle Drabek‘s sprained UCL will require Tommy John surgery, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Monday.

Drabek had his first Tommy John surgery in high school before the Phillies made him the 18th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade and he made his major league debut at the end of the 2010 season.

While Drabek was a major bust in 2011, he was back showing plenty of promise this year, particularly in the spring and in April, a month he finished 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA. Unfortunately, wildness took hold after that, possibly because something was going wrong in his elbow. At the time he was placed on the DL this month, he was 4-7 with a 4.67 ERA and an ugly 47/47 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.

Drabek probably won’t be back with the Jays until mid-2013. He, Brian Wilson, Joakim Soria and Joey Devine will all attempt to come back from their second Tommy John surgeries next year. It’s not at all common, but Chris Capuano, Jason Isringhausen and Hong-Chih Kuo are among the pitchers to have success after two Tommy Johns.

  1. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:06 PM

    A second Tommy John surgery does not mean the death of a career, but as young as he is that has to be concerning.

  2. ame123 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    Wainwright has had two. Also he’ll be back mid 2013, not 2014.

    • shoptaw70 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      Wainwright’s only had it once, I believe.

    • Matthew Pouliot - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:25 PM

      Thanks for the date fix. But, yeah, Wainwright just had the one.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    I believe that Jason Frasor of the Jays may have also had the operation twice.

    Not good news for the Jays, but not unexpected. Lets hope that Hutchinson does not require surgery.

    TBA is still starting the second and third games for the Jays against the Brewers. TBA is also starting the second game for the Brewers as the ex Jay Marcum has elbow tightness.

  4. cur68 - Jun 18, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Damn. It. Did not want to see this at all. Kid could throw hard, he had command and he could work all over the plate when he was on. Too bad about this. Hope the second surgery goes well for him and I look forward to his return next season, perhaps as a closer or late innings set up man. It is likely that his starting career is over, though. Good luck to ya, Kyle Drabek.

  5. mikeincmn - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    Joe Nathan has also had two i believe.

  6. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2012 at 7:41 PM

    Jesse Chavez is now in Milwaukee and is expected to be activated tomorrow. For now he will probably take Drabek’s place in the rotation.

  7. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 18, 2012 at 9:05 PM

    3rd time is a charm maybe? somewhere the philly fans are laughing over this trade….. bluejays got taken big time. Nothing but a big bust

    • dangcote - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:20 PM

      Halliday was on his way out, it was better to get something for him than nothing at all. Plus you are forgetting about the best part of the trade and that is Travis D’Arnauld.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 19, 2012 at 9:11 AM

        Yea the problem is you got NOTHING in return except ripped off!!

  8. Reflex - Jun 18, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Another one I called a couple years ago when the trade went down. But hey, must be nothing to this Inverted W stuff, eh?

  9. irishdodger - Jun 19, 2012 at 12:02 AM

    Nowadays it’s become commonplace. Elbows seem to recover better than shoulders.

  10. deathmonkey41 - Jun 19, 2012 at 10:20 AM

    He should find out who Col. Steve Austin’s doctor was- I believe his surgery was in the $6 million dollar range.

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