The right elbow injury that Oakland Athletics pitcher Fernando Rodriguez sustained on Monday against the San Diego Padres will reportedly cost him the 2013 season. According to a report from the Bay Area News Group, the reliever will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the ligament in his right elbow.
Rodriguez walked the first batter he faced in the sixth inning against San Diego. After that he threw a pitch and winced, attempted another pitch, shook his head and begin favoring his elbow. He left the game with trainer Walt Horn and later underwent an MRI.
The A's acquired Rodriguez from Houston in the same trade that netted them infielder Jed Lowrie. He appeared in four spring games and had a 10.12 ERA in two and two-thirds innings.
The A's like the 28-year-old reliever because of his big arm. He was 2-10 with a 5.37 ERA in 71 relief appearances with Houston in 2012, but he struck out 78 batters in 70 1/3 innings, and averaged 93.9 MPH on his fastball. At the time of his acquisition, A's general manager Billy Beane said he believed that Rodriguez' stats were a bit misleading.
This is a blow to the A's bullpen depth. He was probably not going to make the team out of camp as the team is overloaded with quality relievers, but he would have been in the mix this season at the big league level.