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Alex White likely needs Tommy John surgery

Apr 3, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Alex White AP

Alex White was set to be the Astros’ fourth starter, but he injured his elbow late in spring training and now the 24-year-old former first-round pick may be headed for surgery.

Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports that nothing official has been decided yet, but White is “starting to accept the idea of Tommy John surgery.” He’s already been placed on the 60-day disabled list with what is being called a strained elbow.

White was the Indians’ first-round pick in 2009, got traded to the Rockies as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez deal in mid-2011, and was sent to the Astros in December for Wilton Lopez.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

    “White was the Indians’ first-round pick in 2009, got traded to the Rockies as part of the Ubaldo Jimenez deal in mid-2011, and was sent to the Astros in December for Wilton Lopez.”

    I think this is what we call a drop in a dude’s stock, huh?!

  2. tuberippin - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:15 PM

    More like Alex Blacknblue, am I right?

    …..I’ll show myself out.

  3. paperlions - Apr 3, 2013 at 12:39 PM

    Man, two stories during the last 24 hours of young starting pitchers having TJ surgery….it’s almost like pitchers break even if you keep asking them to do the same thing, and not only when relievers are moved to the rotation….but, that can’t be right.

  4. jeffa43 - Apr 3, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Alex was battling for the four spot in the rotation, and did a good job.
    He must have pitched through a lot of pain to compete.

    Look fwd to seeing him back next year. The kid battles.

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