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Tim Stauffer undergoes elbow surgery

Sep 1, 2012, 10:25 AM EDT

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Tim Stauffer‘s 2012 season is officially over, as Corey Brock of MLB.com reports that he underwent surgery yesterday to repair the flexor tendon in his right elbow. Padres manager Bud Black said that he should be ready for spring training next year.

Stauffer was originally expected to be the Padres’ Opening Day starter, but he ended up making just one start in the big leagues this season. After beginning the year on the disabled list, he made his season debut against the Nationals on May 14 and gave up four runs (three earned) over five innings. However, he was placed right back on the disabled list after feeling more discomfort in his elbow. He finally decided to have surgery after being pulled from a rehab assignment earlier this month.

Stauffer made $3.2 million this season and is arbitration-eligible again this winter, so he figures to be a non-tender candidate this winter. The 29-year-old right-hander will likely have to settle for a one-year “prove it” contract, but after posting a 3.73 ERA over 185 2/3 innings in 2011, there should be plenty of teams willing to take a chance on him.

  1. gloccamorra - Sep 1, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    I wonder why he didn’t have the surgery much earlier. He should have seriously considered it after the May 14th start, since he was bothered by it before the season even started, and was dropped from the last couple starts in 2011 due to a “dead arm”. He went from 82-2/3 innings in 2010 to 185-2/3 inning in 2011. It’s easy to argue the Padres screwed up.

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