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Brewers prospect Johnny Hellweg likely needs Tommy John surgery

Apr 23, 2014, 11:19 AM EDT

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Brewers pitching prospect Johnny Hellweg, who was acquired from the Angels as part of the Zack Greinke swap in July of 2012, has been diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament and is expected to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery.

Hellweg struggled mightily in his MLB debut last season, walking 26 batters in 31 innings, but the 25-year-old right-hander has a mid-90s fastball and posted a 3.40 ERA in 27 starts at Triple-A despite consistently terrible control.

Assuming that he goes under the knife Hellweg will miss the remainder of this season and likely some of 2015 as well.

  1. southpaw2k - Apr 23, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    Looking more and more like James Andrews was right in his assessment of why so many pitchers are needing TJ surgery nowadays. The pitchers who need the surgery are getting younger and younger.

    • tonyc920 - Apr 24, 2014 at 12:04 PM

      This could be a blessing in disguise for the young man. He looked wild last fall. They say 3/4 of the pitchers that get the surgery come back stronger than prior to it. The downside is for a younger guy this surgery is a 4 – 6 year fix and then it has tendencies to weaken the tendon. Think Shaun Marcum.

  2. onbucky96 - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    What? We traded Greinke for Segura, Hellwig, and Pena? I had no idea. Sincerely, all victims/viewers of FSWisconsin.

    • brewcrewchamps - Apr 23, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      I think the crew won that trade, even though this is tough for hellweg.

    • jkaflagg - Apr 23, 2014 at 6:03 PM

      A half a season of Grienke (and no draft pick compensation) for what looks like 10 years of solid SS play from Segura makes it a Brewer steal, no matter what Hellweg & Pena do….Only way it would have worked for the Angels would be if they had re-signed Greinke, and they when the Dodgers decided to massively overpay to get him the whole thing fell apart for them.

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