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Cory Gearrin could be headed for Tommy John surgery

Mar 29, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

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The Braves already lost starters Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery this spring and it now looks like it will claim one of their relievers.

Cory Gearrin left Tuesday’s Grapefruit League game with a right elbow injury and Braves general manager Frank Wren told David O’Brien of the Altanta Journal-Constitution this morning that tests showed “ligament involvement.” In other words, damage to the unlar collateral ligament. He’s scheduled to receive a second opinion from Dr. James Andrews next week, but season-ending Tommy John surgery is a real possibility.

Gearrin, 27, had a 3.77 ERA and 23/16 K/BB ratio over 31 innings with the Braves last season. He was worked heavily prior to a demotion around midseason and missed most of the second half with a shoulder injury.

  1. Old Gator - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Good grief, is anyone not “headed for Tommy John surgery” this spring? What a grisly parade this is getting to be.

  2. renaado - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Terrible news…. Still the “Could Be” part is an indication there is still a chance he might not undergo Tommy John. Wishin and hoping you the best Cory..

  3. kretinous - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    More sad news for the Braves. On the more positive side though, at least Dr. Andrews is having a good start to the year!

    • spudchukar - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:18 PM

      The other good news is Georgia is close to Alabama.

  4. greymares - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:42 PM

    Sorry for the kid, but anything that causes angst for Braves fans is ok for me. lol.

  5. schmedley69 - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    Disastrous Spring Training for the Braves.

  6. 13arod - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    pitchingmechanicstips stop doing this like in every article posted its annoying and nobody cares

  7. dacty4491 - Mar 29, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    As a Braves fan, I hope they are reevaluating the way they develop and handle their pitchers. The current rash of arm injuries could just be bad luck, but then again, maybe not. I would think that it bears investigation on the part of the front office. Maybe they should take a look at how the Mariners do things. I’ve read good things about how they handle pitchers, and they don’t seem to have as many problems with arm injuries as other clubs.

    • chc4 - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      Typical armchair QB response. If you actually did some research before spewing ignorant crap you would know that both Beachy and Medlen knew their mechanics caused increased stress on their elbows yet chose to wing it. Gearrin is a sidewinder. All 3 of these guys are multi-year veterans who made it through the system in good shape. There’s only so many pitches in an arm before it blows. Unfortunately for these three it was less than most.

  8. atlsportingreports - Mar 29, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Reblogged this on atlsportingreports.

  9. fabianalvareza - Mar 30, 2014 at 2:49 AM

    Reblogged this on Fabián.

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