Former Lookouts' Pitcher Chris Withrow May Need Tommy John Surgery

Withrow Pitched For Chattanooga in 2009,2010, 2011, 2012

Thursday, May 29, 2014
Chris Withrow
Chris Withrow
- photo by Tim Evearitt

Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow is likely the latest Major League pitcher to require Tommy John surgery, as he has been diagnosed with a torn ligament in his right elbow that would require the procedure.

The team announced Thursday that Withrow was examined by team doctor Neal ElAttrache on May 23 to "evaluate pain in his right elbow." Dr. ElAttrache diagnosed a tear of the ulnar collateral ligament, and Withrow went on the disabled list thereafter.

The doctor recommended Tommy John surgery, but the team release said Withrow "is seeking a second opinion next week and will proceed with further treatment."

The 25-year-old right-hander last threw for the Dodgers on May 20, and he was sent to Triple-A Albuquerque last week. Over 20 appearances with Los Angeles this season, he posted a 2.95 ERA with 28 strikeouts and 18 walks over 21 1/3 innings. He also appeared in 26 games for the Dodgers last season.

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