Friday, December 16, 2011

Al Alburquerque has Elbow Surgery

According to Danny Knobler Al Alburquerque will miss the begining of the season after having elbow surgery to repair a stress fracture in his elbow.

The surgery that Alburquerque is having is similar to the surgery Joel Zumaya had on his elbow in 2010 except Alburquerque has a stress fracture and Zumaya had a clean break reports Jason Beck.

According to Chris Iott the injury was found out during a game Alburquerque pitched in the Dominican. Iott also reports Alburquerque will likely not return until around the All-Star break.

Alburquerque had a fantastic rookie season last season pitching in 41 games and going 6-1 with a 1.87 ERA and having 13.92 strikeouts per 9 innings pitched. However, Alburquerque right before the All-Star break went on the DL with elbow tendonitis and missed time towards the end of the year with a concussion.

This is a big blow to the Tigers, but it makes the signing of Octavio Dotel much more important.

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