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Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey to have Tommy John surgery

Jul 4, 2012, 10:05 AM EDT

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Dodgers reliever Todd Coffey will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ulnar collateral ligament that requires Tommy John elbow surgery.

Coffey was visited on the mound by the team trainer after complaining of elbow soreness during Monday’s appearance, but stayed in the game and actually struck out the final two batters he faced.
And then an MRI exam showed a partial UCL tear.

This will be the second Tommy John surgery for Coffey, who underwent the operation 12 years ago and went on to throw 439 innings with a 4.10 ERA before his elbow gave out again at age 31.

He’ll likely be sidelined until the middle of next season, which means the Dodgers will almost surely decline their $2.5 million option for 2013 and instead pay Coffey a $300,000 buyout.

  1. AlohaMrHand - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    He ruined his arm with all that lifting he did with a fork at the buffet.

  2. bossman6 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    That’s boss that he struck out two guys with an elbow that needs TJ.

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