Stripling had athroscopic surgery four weeks ago to clean out his elbow before having the major operation Wednesday. He's facing a long road to recovery and will aim for a return to action next season.
Stripling is stil ticketed for Tommy John surgery, but he'll have to wait until the swelling in his elbow subsides. He went 6-4 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 83:19 K:BB ratio in 94 innings with Triple-A Chattanooga last season.
Stripling could need Tommy John surgery after discussing his options with the doctor. He would miss the entire 2014 season if the surgery is deemed necessary.
Stripling has been dealing with elbow discomfort, and the team wants to makes sure it's not anything serious. He was expected to be used as an emergency starter if the team lost one of their top five options in the rotation.
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