A procedure that used to be rare is becoming all too common, as Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Bronson Arroyo becomes the 24th MLB player to undergo Tommy John surgery in 2014.
The date of the procedure is not yet set, but it will end the 37-year-old starter’s season and will reportedly affect the start of his 2015 season. CBS Sports reports:
In 14 starts and 86 innings this season, Arroyo went 7-4 with a 4.08 ERA. He is in the first year of a two-year, $23.5 million contract. Given the timing of the injury, Arroyo won’t return to the D-Backs until the second half of the 2015 season, assuming no setbacks.
Arroyo believes he suffered the injury during his May 13 start against the Washington Nationals, MLB.com reports. The star made six starts after that while on heavy doses of pain medicine, but underwent an MRI exam on June 15 that showed his ulnar ligament had completely separated from the bone.
“I just figured it would be a lot of swelling, probably my flexor mass would be irritated and it was, it had a lot of swelling in there as well,” Arroyo told MLB.com. “But as soon as doc looked at it, he said, ‘Man, the entire thing is gone. It’s just not there.’ Which I was completely shocked about, because like I said, I’ve had pains like that before and I’ve always found a way.”
The loss of Arroyo is most certainly a blow to the Diamondbacks franchise that is currently in last place in their division.