Kline was shut down after eight starts last season, then made one appearance in the fall instructional league before having surgery to repair a ligament in his elbow. At this rate, he might be able to get back into game action late this summer. Kline was a highly regarded prospect when he was drafted in 2012, but his status had diminished even before last season.
Baltimore Orioles minor league pitcher Branden Kline had Tommy John surgery on his elbow Thursday, per Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com.
Kline had a PRP injection in his elbow in May to try and relieve some discomfort he experienced while pitching for Double-A Bowie. It appeared as if the procedure helped -- Kline began to resume pitching activities. But further discomfort ultimately led to Tommy John surgery. He will miss most of 2016 while he rehabs.
Baltimore Orioles minor league pitcher Branden Kline (elbow) is expected to undergo Tommy John surgery, per Rich Kubatko of MASN Sports.
Kline was already ruled out for the season, but now it appears that absence could extend into a good portion of 2016 as well.
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