Indians reliever Nick Hagadone will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing left elbow surgery Thursday.
There was some speculation that Hagadone would need a second Tommy John surgery, but Jordan Bastian of MLB.com writes that the procedure involved stabilizing a fractured medial epicondyle bone in the elbow. This is similar to the injury suffered by Athletics right-hander Jarrod Parker earlier this year, which also required surgery from Dr. James Andrews. Hagadone is expected to need six-to-nine months of rehab time, so he could be a bit behind at the start of next season.
Hagadone, 29, owns a 4.72 ERA with 9.3 K/9 and 4.6 BB/9 over 143 relief appearances in the majors. After having a nice year out of Cleveland’s bullpen in 2014, he had a mediocre 4.28 ERA and 28/12 K/BB ratio in 27 1/3 innings this season.
While on a minor-league rehab assignment for a back injury Indians left-hander Nick Hagadone was pulled from a game with elbow soreness and manager Terry Francona says the team fears he will need Tommy John surgery.
Hagadone had Tommy John surgery as a prospect in 2008 and Francona told Zack Meisel of the Cleveland Plain Dealer that “it looks like he did it again” and “he looks like he hurt it pretty good.”
Acquired from the Red Sox in 2009 as part of the Victor Martinez deal, Hagadone debuted in 2011 and has a 4.72 ERA with 122 strikeouts in 118 innings as a reliever for the Indians.
Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor made his major league debut on Sunday against the Tigers, entering the game as a pinch-hitter for David Murphy in the seventh inning. He struck out against Blaine Hardy, but he stayed in the game and would eventually redeem himself, sort of.
Trying to help spark a seven-run rally, Lindor ripped a line drive to right field against Joakim Soria. It would have been an easy double, but Lindor stumbled rounding the first base bag and had to settle for a single for his first major league hit. Jokingly, Lindor pointed at first baseman Miguel Cabrera, accusing him of interfering in his path to second base. Cabrera was nowhere near Lindor when he fell. Cabrera and first base umpire Chris Segal had a good chuckle at Lindor’s joke.
At the very least, Lindor made his first major league game memorable.