David Aardsma to undergo Tommy John surgery next week

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David Aardsma hasn’t thrown a pitch in the big leagues this season. And now it’s very likely we won’t see him again until latter part of the 2012 season at the earliest.

Greg Johns of MLB.com reports that Aardsma will undergo Tommy John surgery late next week in California. The 29-year-old right-hander has been rehabbing a sprained ulnar collateral ligament over the past two months, but surgery was deemed necessary following an MRI exam on Thursday.

Aardsma took to his Twitter account this evening to confirm the news.

Unfortunately my season is over. I guess I wasn’t meant to pitch this year. I will undergo elbow surgery next week.

I can say we’ve exhausted every avenue before we made this decision. But I WILL BE back and ready next year. Thank you all for your support.

Aardsma posted a 2.90 ERA and saved 69 games from 2009-2010. He injured his elbow in May while on a rehab assignment from January hip surgery.

Brandon League has run away with the closer’s job during his absence, posting a 3.44 ERA, 25/7 K/BB ratio and 23 saves over 36 2/3 innings this season. He was recently named to his first All-Star team.

Here are the final All-Star voting results before the close of balloting

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All-Star voting ends this Thursday night, just before midnight eastern time. The All-Star teams — at least how they’ll appear before the dozen or two substitutions we’ll get before the game — will be unveiled on Sunday at 7pm on ESPN, just before Sunday Night Baseball.

Which means you still have time to alter these standings, which now stand as the final update before things are set in, well, not stone, but at least some Play-Doh which has been left out of the can too long and is kinda hard to mess with.

NATIONAL LEAGUE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Javier Baez made a couple of fantastic plays last night

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Javier Baez is a second baseman. He’s played a good bit of shortstop and, if he played for some other teams, he may be an everyday shortstop, but he’s the Cubs’ second baseman.

With Addision Russell out with some shoulder issues, however, Baez got the call at short last night for the Cubs-Nats game in Washington. It was a good call, as he made a couple of spectacular plays in the field.

First up is this highway robbery of Bryce Harper, who thought he had a base hit. It was a good thought, too, as he hit the ball like a dang rocket:

Later, when Adam Lind was up to bat, he fouled one off behind third base. Baez got on his horse and did this:

That inspired Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper to use the old line the great Harry Kalas used about Garry Maddox: “Two-thirds of the Earth is covered by water, the other one-third is covered by Garry Maddox.” It’s a great line, and aptly used to describe Javier Baez’s Monday night.