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Jonathan Broxton needs elbow surgery, out for the season

Aug 22, 2013, 1:48 PM EST

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Cincinnati signing Jonathan Broxton to a three-year, $21 million contract was criticized heavily this offseason and now it looks considerably worse, as the right-hander will miss the remainder of the season following elbow surgery.

Mark Sheldon of MLB.com described the current details surrounding Broxton’s recovery timetable as “vague” and manager Dusty Baker indicated that doctors won’t know how long he’ll be out until “they get in there and see what’s wrong.”

Broxton, who missed most of the 2011 season with an elbow injury and spent two months of this year on the disabled list with an elbow strain, logged 31 innings for the Reds with a 4.11 ERA and 25/12 K/BB ratio. He’s owed $7 million next season, $9 million in 2015, and $9 million or a $1 million buyout for 2016, which is why signing relievers with lengthy injury histories to long-term contracts is so often a mistake.

  1. lanflfan - Aug 22, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    I feel bad for big Jon. Pretty good pitcher that suddenly can’t stay healthy. He had a good run in LA until he crashed and burned, but it seemed for a time he turned his career around again. Get well big guy.

  2. timbo08 - Aug 22, 2013 at 4:03 PM

    They also paid a guy $225 million to take walks.

    • HFS Richard - Aug 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

      No sir, you have that wrong. They paid a guy $225 Million dollars to have the most Plate Appearances in the NL and oh yeah the most times on base in the NL. His .435 OBP and 568 Plate appearances means that right now Joey has been on base 247 times…..

      Let that sink in
      Hes also driven in 59 Runs and oh scored 84 of them himself.

      They paid $225 million dollars for a player who has a 5.5 and is 45 Runs Above replacement right now with still just shy of a quarter of a season left to go.

  3. geoknows - Aug 22, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Injury history or not, that contract was still a mistake.

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