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Cory Gearrin may undergo Tommy John surgery with partial ligament tear in right elbow

Apr 5, 2014, 6:05 PM EDT

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Braves reliever Cory Gearrin likely needs Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a partial ligament tear in his right elbow, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Gearrin, though, will seek a second opinion before making a decision.

Gearrin injured his elbow in the last week of spring training. He didn’t have a particularly productive spring, finishing with a 6.35 ERA in 11 1/3 innings. Gearrin, who turns 28 on April 14, has posted decent numbers at Triple-A over the last three seasons and was slightly above average at the big league level in 31 innings compiled in the first half of last season with the Braves.

Gearrin wasn’t high up on the bullpen depth chart, but he is just the latest in a long line of Braves pitchers to succumb to the injury bug. He joins Brandon Beachy, Gavin Floyd, Kris Medlen, Mike Minor, and Jonny Venters on the shelf.

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  1. chill1184 - Apr 5, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    It has happened, Tommy John has evolved into a virus

  2. jwbiii - Apr 5, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    The Braves are going to have more of their projected pitching staff in the physical therapy clinic than in the stadium.

    • indaburg - Apr 5, 2014 at 8:20 PM

      The Braves are no stranger to TJ surgery: http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1675617/TJbyTeam.png

  3. jrbdmb - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    And the hits just keep on comin’ for the Braves.

  4. renaado - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    No way… That too many.. Well as long they are doing good for now there is no need to panic yet. Braves are also leading the 2nd game of this series 6-2 in the top of the 5th against the Nationals. So it’s still good.

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