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Herrmann has Tommy John surgery, out for the season

Herrmann has Tommy John surgery, out for the season
March 13, 2013
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On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians announced right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann underwent reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in New York City.  Dr. David Altchek performed a ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction on Herrmann, who will miss the entire 2013 season and has an expected rehabilitation period of 12-to-18 months.

Herrmann, 28, last pitched on February 25th verus the Oakland A’s in Phoenix and in two appearances this spring totaled 2.0 innings and allowed four runs (all earned) on five hits, a homer and no walks or strikeouts. Due to the rehab and time it takes to be game ready, he will probably miss part of the 2014 season as well.

Last season Herrmann made 15 total appearances with the Indians and went 0-0 with a 2.33 ERA, and in 19.1 innings allowed 12 hits, 4 walks, and had 14 strikeouts. In 95 career big league appearances he is 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA, and in 120.1 innings has allowed 131 hits, 14 home runs, 29 walks and has 72 strikeouts.

With Herrmann out for the season he will likely at some point between now and the start of the season be placed on the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man roster for non-roster players Scott Kazmir or Ryan Raburn to make the opening day roster.

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User Comments

March 16, 2013 - 9:38 PM EDT
Never heard of a Harvard man referred to as a meatball. Guy throws 95, mostly strikes and will have a new elbow. I think he'll catch on with some team, hopefully ours.
March 15, 2013 - 9:37 PM EDT
Does anybody really care about this meatball? He sucked when he was healthy!
March 14, 2013 - 8:28 AM EDT
Good news for Herrmann is he will likely spend the entire year on the 60-day DL and thus earn a full year of Major League service time and be paid a ML salary all year. Bad news, as Rich noted, he's now kind of out of the picture. As a guy that will be Super 2 eligible after the season, probably won't be available the first two months of next season, is someone who is a fringe ML reliever, and the Indians probably needing that roster spot next offseason for someone else......I just don't see how he sticks with the team beyond November.
March 14, 2013 - 8:14 AM EDT
Tough break. By the time he's 100% sometime in 2014 he'll be pushing 30 and have to compete with a lot of younger, talented right-handed relievers who should be arriving at the major league level in the next couple of years.

Looks like he may have to try and catch on with another organization.

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