By Matt Snyder
Rockies pitching prospect Drew Pomeranz underwent an emergency appendectomy Saturday night, and it will likely end his season (Denver Post). the 22-year-old left-hander was hospitalized overnight and is expected to need about three weeks to recover. With the minor-league season ending in the first week of September -- as Pomeranz is only in Double-A -- that would mean he has seen his last game action of the season.
Pomeranz was one of the big pieces the Rockies got back in the Ubaldo Jimenez trade. After dazzling in his Rockies' organizational debut, Pomeranz has a 1.71 ERA and 0.95 WHIP with 21 strikeouts in 21 Double-A innings. He was utterly dominant in High-A to begin the season (1.87 ERA, 95 K in 77 innings), too.
Fortunately for Pomeranz and the Rockies, an appendectomy doesn't have any long-term effects, so there's no reason to believe his development will be delayed one iota.
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