Al Alburquerque has elbow surgery
Posted on: December 16, 2011 1:56 pm
By Matt Snyder
Tigers relief pitcher Al Alburquerque had surgery on his right elbow Thursday, the Tigers announced. The procedure was performed by famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews, and the Tigers' press release said this is what was done: "Alburquerque underwent a surgical procedure to have a screw inserted into his olecranon to stabilize a non-displaced stress fracture in his right elbow."
Alburquerque won't be able to throw at all for three months and will begin working toward a return late in the spring. The Tigers have placed his target return "by the All-Star break of 2012."
Alburquerque, 25, had a breakout season for Detroit in 2011. It was his rookie season, and he had a 1.87 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 67 strikeouts in 43 1/3 innings.
The loss of Alburquerque is alleviated a bit by the addition of recently-signed free agent Octavio Dotel. Plus, the Tigers still have the deadly back-end combo of Joaquin Benoit and Jose Valverde. They also acquired Collin Balester from the Nationals earlier this month.
Still, losing an arm like Alburquerque's for half the season will be felt.
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