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John Ely needs Tommy John surgery

Apr 15, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

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Just a week after losing right-hander Alex White to Tommy John elbow surgery the Astros lost another potential starter, right-hander John Ely, to the same surgery.

Ely, who was acquired from the Dodgers in a trade back in December, began the season at Triple-A after failing to win a rotation spot during spring training. He tossed four shutout innings in his only appearance there before being shut down and will miss the entire season.

Ely led the Pacific Coast League in ERA last season, going 14-7 with a 3.20 ERA and 165 strikeouts in 169 innings, but has a 5.70 ERA in 115 innings as a big leaguer through age 27.

  1. melkipershero - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    I glanced and thought it said John Elway

    • missthemexpos - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      With his arm position in the photo, Ely could just as easily be throwing a football.

  2. missthemexpos - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:06 AM

    Looks like a record breaking pace for T.J. surgery this year.

  3. vanmorrissey - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    What a shame. It seems like every 2 out of 3 pitchers are having it at least once in their careers.

  4. jwbiii - Apr 15, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Tough break. He’ll be out of options next season and hasn’t really established anything at the Major League level.

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