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Randy Wells undergoes elbow surgery, likely out for season

Jul 25, 2012, 2:49 PM EDT

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If the Cubs trade Ryan Dempster and Matt Garza it won’t be Randy Wells stepping into one of the vacant rotation spots, as the right-hander underwent elbow surgery this week.

It was arthroscopic, rather than the more serious Tommy John variety, but Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago reports that Wells is all but certain to miss the remainder of the season.

Wells cleared waivers last month after being designated for assignment, as no team was willing to take on his $2.7 million contract, but if healthy the 29-year-old with a 4.08 ERA in 529 career innings would have been an option to rejoin the new-look rotation following the trade deadline.

  1. abence22 - Jul 25, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Thank you. Randy Wells doesnt belong on a MLB team anyways. I’d rather see Justin Germano, Brooks Lee Raley from the AAA team get a shot to take a spot in the rotation.

  2. mikecubbie69 - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Exactly in what universe would Wells have become an option for the Cubs going forward? Injury or no injury, he had a ton of chances to show some consistency, but failed. The Cubs released him because they were tired of waiting for him, not because there wasnt room. I couldnt imagine any scenario where they would have resigned him. When or if they do trade Dempster and/or Garza and Maholm they would be expecting pitching prospects and Im guessing at least one guy they could plug into the rotation right away. They have clearly moved on from Wells.

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