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Felipe Paulino likely to undergo Tommy John surgery

Jun 22, 2012, 12:38 PM EDT

Felipe Paulino AP

Felipe Paulino is currently on the disabled list with a groin injury, but suddenly that’s the least of the hard-throwing Royals right-hander’s problems.

Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Paulino has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow and is “likely” to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery.

While rehabbing the groin injury Paulino threw three innings in a Double-A game Wednesday and struggled, and apparently experienced elbow pain in the process. He has a history of arm problems and began the season on the DL with an elbow injury, but tearing an elbow ligament while rehabbing a groin injury is some pretty awful luck.

It’s particularly unfortunate because between all the DL stints Paulino had emerged as a potential breakout starter for the Royals, throwing 162 innings with a 3.55 ERA and 158/63 K/BB ratio since they acquired him from the Rockies for pennies on the dollar last season.

Now he’s likely out until at least mid-2013 and the Royals’ already shaky rotation depth takes another big hit after losing Danny Duffy to Tommy John surgery earlier this year.

  1. sportsdrenched.com - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Well, shit.

  2. mattyflex - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Unbelievable. First Soria, then Blake Wood, then Danny Duffy, now Paulino… KC is getting Salvador Perez back tonight, but starting pitching has been the issue all season, and now the number one starter… Something will have to give before the trade deadline, because they’re only 4 games out of first and they’re starting to put it together.

  3. scapistron - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    It was only a matter of time for him. He had two pretty big risk factors. A violent throwing motion* and a heavy reliance on a slider.

    *I may be confusing his throwing motion with Sanchez.

  4. groundruledoublebourbon - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    Oh, God no… 4 TJ’s and it’s not freaking July yet. Unbelievable.

    I’m here in KC, and would go on typing my anguish… except I’m afraid my UCL’s will blow due to typing. Hell, forget about the pickles I was going to put on my sammich for lunch – not going NEAR a pickle jar.

  5. e5again - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Is this becoming an epidemic? Or are we just better at diagnosing the injury now?

    4 in KC, 4 or 5 from my fantasy team. I’d be willing to bet there are over 25 in mlb baseball this year.

    • e5again - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Here’s a list of all the guys currently out for Tommy John surgery.

      http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/2010/08/tommy-john-tracker.html

      23 guys in 2012.

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