Garcia undergoes second Tommy John surgery

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Via Josh Norris, Chris Garcia had his second Tommy John surgery in four years last Tuesday. He missed the entire 2007 season the first time he had the procedure. Apparently the doctors had a little trouble when they took the replacement ligament from his knee. With any luck, Garcia will be throwing off a mound by Spring Training and ready to return to game action by May.

Whenever the Yankees need a 40-man roster spot this season, the first thing they’ll do is call up Garcia and place him on the 60-day disabled list. There’s no point in doing that now because he’ll accrue service time while on the DL, and there’s no benefit to starting his clock before it’s absolutely necessary.

Game 18: One more win in Anaheim
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  • Richard Iurilli

    This is disappointing. I’m still hiding from @leokitty.

  • Accent Shallow

    The surgery we really have to be concerned about is if the stuff comes back after his third one, when he’s a valuable big league contributor.

    /wishful thinking

  • Zack

    Sucks. What was his ceiling before all the injuries?

    • Pablo Zevallos

      Ace/#2 starter.

      For shame.

  • MikeD

    It’s been so long since he’s been able to pitch consistently that many forget how high he projected. Three plus pitches. Front-end starter type. He just can’t seem to get more than 20 or 30 innings in before something happens.

    Hopefully this surgery takes and he has a chance to contribute on the big-league level, either as a starter or maybe now as a reliever if he can’t handle the workload of a starter. Yet a reliever experiences even more stress because of inconsistent appearances, so wouldn’t be surprised if they slot him back in as a starter, at least in the beginning.

  • Short Porch

    As with anything in life, many are called, but few are chosen.