Kyle Drabek’s sprained UCL will require Tommy John surgery, Blue Jays manager John Farrell said Monday.
Drabek had his first Tommy John surgery in high school before the Phillies made him the 18th overall pick in the 2006 draft. He was sent to Toronto in the Roy Halladay trade and he made his major league debut at the end of the 2010 season.
While Drabek was a major bust in 2011, he was back showing plenty of promise this year, particularly in the spring and in April, a month he finished 3-2 with a 2.40 ERA. Unfortunately, wildness took hold after that, possibly because something was going wrong in his elbow. At the time he was placed on the DL this month, he was 4-7 with a 4.67 ERA and an ugly 47/47 K/BB ratio in 71 1/3 innings.
Drabek probably won’t be back with the Jays until mid-2013. He, Brian Wilson, Joakim Soria and Joey Devine will all attempt to come back from their second Tommy John surgeries next year. It’s not at all common, but Chris Capuano, Jason Isringhausen and Hong-Chih Kuo are among the pitchers to have success after two Tommy Johns.
Hong-Chih Kuo has been looking for a new home since being released by the Mariners during spring training and the once-dominant and oft-injured left-hander has signed a minor-league deal with the Cubs.
Kuo has struggled to come back from elbow problems and anxiety issues, but when healthy was one of the best relievers in baseball with a 1.96 ERA and 201 strikeouts in 170 innings for the Dodgers from 2008 to 2010.
He was a mess last season, allowing 29 runs in 27 innings, but as far as no-risk fliers go he’s still worth a shot at age 30.
I think Yogi Berra said that. No time to check.
Anyway, we had guys throwing at each other last night in Los Angeles. No one hit anyone, however. And nothing was really settled either, because someone apparently lost count of who hit who when and apparently some slights and vendettas never die.
Clayton Kershaw threw a pitch at Ian Kennedy. Why? Because earlier Kennedy threw a pitch at Kershaw. Why? Because last fall Hong-Chih Kuo threw at Gerardo Parra’s head. Why? Because last July Parra preened and strutted some after he hit a homer off Kuo.
Somewhere, some Old School Prestigious baseball elder could probably explain when proper justice had been meted out in all of this, but it would contradict what some other Old School Prestigious player thought. There’s rarely any consensus here. Just idiots throwing baseballs at one another and making it increasingly likely that someone will eventually get hurt.
Well, there’s comedy too. When asked about Kennedy throwing at Kershaw, Dbacks catcher Miguel Montero explained it by saying “Kershaw has a long swing, so we had to pitch him in.” Um, ok. But hey: since he lied about it, no one will get suspended I presume.
Ah, Old School Baseball.
Hong-Chih Kuo has been a mess all spring as he attempts to come back from elbow surgery and anxiety issues. Today the Mariners decided they’d seen enough, releasing the once-dominant left-hander.
When healthy Kuo has been one of the best relievers in baseball, logging 170 innings with a 1.96 ERA and 201 strikeouts from 2008-2010, but he coughed up 29 runs in 27 innings last season before going under the knife and got knocked around for 14 runs in 6.2 innings this spring.
Kuo’s one-year, $500,000 deal with Seattle would have jumped to $1 million if he cracked the Opening Day roster and included several million dollars in potential incentives. He was good enough recently enough that several teams will likely still be interested in taking a flier on Kuo, but he’ll almost surely have to settle for a minor-league deal and work his way back to the majors.
His most recent elbow surgery was the fifth of his career and Kuo has bounced back in the past, but at age 30 he’s a bigger question mark than ever and showed diminished velocity this month.