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Alex White needs Tommy John surgery

Apr 5, 2013, 3:45 PM EDT

Alex White AP

As feared earlier this week, Astros right-hander Alex White needs Tommy John elbow surgery and will miss the entire season.

White was set to be the Astros’ fourth starter before complaining of elbow soreness late in spring training, so this is a very tough break for a pitcher whose stock had already dipped quite a bit in the past couple seasons.

White was originally the Indians’ first-round pick in 2009 and has been traded twice, going from Cleveland to Colorado in the Ubaldo Jimenez deal and from Colorado to Houston in the Wilton Lopez trade. He’ll be 25 years old by the time he throws another pitch in the majors and has a 6.03 career ERA in 149 innings so far.

  1. jeffa43 - Apr 5, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Well this has been reported on this site four times now…

    He was slated to be the long man, not the #4 starter. He was in competition with Peacock who clearly outperformed him. He pitched well enough to make the team, which means he was gutty and pitched in a lot of pain. Without the injury he probably pitches even better than he did.

    Hats off to White for being a gamer, and look forward to seeing you pitch without pain next year.

  2. stephenolszewski - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    Man the way the Indians held onto white and Pomeranz you’d think they had John Smoltz and Greg Maddux in their farm system, Ubaldo hasn’t been that good but he’s produced more than these guys…still think they should’ve went after Hunter Pence that year

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