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Angels prospect Brandon Sisk needs Tommy John surgery

Mar 17, 2013, 3:20 PM EDT

brandon sisk getty Getty Images’s Alden Gonzalez reports that Angels southpaw Brandon Sisk is expected to undergo season-ending Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery “within the next couple of weeks.”

The Halos acquired Sisk from the Royals in October for right-handed starter Ervin Santana, who had a $13 million club option for 2013 that Anaheim had no intention of exercising. Sisk posted a superb 2.54 ERA and 73/32 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings last summer at the Triple-A level. He has an excellent 2.59 career ERA in five minor league seasons.

The 27-year-old left-hander probably won’t be game-ready again until next April or May.

  1. paperlions - Mar 17, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    Man, a relief pitcher having TJ surgery, how rare. I thought they had to try to start for this to happen.

    • jarathen - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM

      The Angels have a bullpen pitcher on their staff RIGHT NOW who is a post-TJ guy.

      • paperlions - Mar 18, 2013 at 7:51 AM

        I know. The point is that this happens to pitchers all the time regardless of their role, and to use a few isolated cases of pitchers recently moved to the rotation (e.g. Feliz) as examples of what always happens when teams make such moves is confirmation bias crap… I am just reminding those folks that think that Chapman’s arm will explode if he is moved to the rotation but that he’d remain healthy for years as a closer….that there is no evidence to support their opinion.

  2. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 18, 2013 at 10:19 AM

    Maybe he hurt his arm falling out of a airplane bathroom all drunk and coked up like his pappy back in the ’80s?

    Like father, like son!

    Just kidding Brandon, hope you have a speedy recovery.

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