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Casey Kelly likely facing Tommy John surgery

Mar 14, 2013, 9:31 PM EDT

Casey Kelly AP

We learned yesterday that Padres’ right-hander Casey Kelly was sent for tests on his ailing right elbow. Unfortunately the results pointed toward the worst-case scenario.

According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Kelly said Tuesday’s exam showed “micro tears” in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He’ll go for a second opinion before deciding whether to undergo Tommy John surgery, but he conceded that it’s the most likely outcome.

“I’ve prepared myself for the worst,” said Kelly at an impromptu press conference in a hallway of the Padres spring training complex.

“I don’t have too many options. The doctors are concerned with what they saw.”

Interestingly, Kelly noted that this week’s MRI wasn’t much different from what was found last year. However, since rehab hasn’t done the job, he has prepared himself for the possibility of going under the knife. If Tommy John surgery is required, he will miss the entire season.

Kelly made six starts for the Padres last season and was recently ranked as the game’s 45th best prospect by Baseball America. While surgery would be a tough blow, he doesn’t turn 24 until October.

  1. oldpaddy - Mar 15, 2013 at 9:57 AM

    I wonder if there’s been a study to see if some teams have young pitchers who have more tommy john surgery than others.
    What did his shoulder look like before he was traded to the padres?

  2. gloccamorra - Mar 15, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    The explosion of Tommy John surgery is looking more and more like the explosion of tonsillectomies in the 1950s and 1960s – a fad treatment for all throat problems then, a catch-all for elbow problems today. The equipment is getting so precise, it’s showing things doctors have never seen before, things that just MIGHT be common, and treatable with rest, like Billingley’s elbow problem, rather than surgery. With no medical training whatever and no access to the tests results, I boldly call baby-shoes (BS) on this “micro-tears” business.

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