Randy Wolf will undergo Tommy John elbow surgery next week, with Dr. Lewis Yocum doing the honors in Los Angeles.
That means the left-hander will miss all of 2013 and at age 36 it could mean the end of his career, but Wolf told Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun that he plans to make a comeback and pitch in 2014.
Wolf experienced pain in his elbow during a September 22 start and was shut down after making just five appearances for the Orioles. He signed with Baltimore in late August after being released by Milwaukee and just finished a three-year, $30 million contract.
Yocum performed Tommy John surgery on a 28-year-old Wolf in 2005 and his elbow held up for nearly 1,200 innings after that, which is pretty damn good and allowed him to earn more than $75 million during a 14-year career.
Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge found himself front-and-center in a weird play in the bottom of the fourth inning during Game 4 of the ALCS on Tuesday evening. Judge drew a walk to lead off the frame. After Didi Gregorius lined out, Gary Sanchez flied out to shallow right-center.
Judge must have thought the ball had a high probability of falling in for a hit, so he was past the second base bag around the time he realized his mistake. He retraced his steps, running back to first base. Reddick’s throw hopped a couple of times but first base umpire Jerry Meals called Judge out on the tag-up play.
Manager Joe Girardi requested a review and the call was overturned: Judge was safe. However, Astros manager A.J. Hinch wanted to challenge that Judge did not re-touch second base on his way back. Rather than issuing a formal challenge, the Astros had to appeal the play by having starter Lance McCullers throw to second base, at which point second base umpire Jim Reynolds would issue a ruling. McCullers was a bit hasty, though, and made his appeal throw before Greg Bird stepped into the batter’s box. Reynolds told McCullers that he had to wait. So, McCullers again made his appeal throw.
This time, Judge was running and he was simply tagged out at second base for the final out of the inning. No need for a review.
As Ken Rosenthal explained on the FS1 broadcast, the Yankees were trying to “beat the police.” They knew Judge would have been ruled out — replays clearly showed he never re-touched the base — so they had nothing to lose by sending Judge. If he was safe, the Astros would no longer be able to appeal the play. If he’s out, then it’s the same outcome they would have had anyway.