Kline remains several weeks away from beginning a throwing program following an arthroscopic procedure on his pitching elbow, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports. The original thought was that the once highly-touted prospect, who was the Orioles' second-round pick in 2012, would be throwing within a month of the procedure he had in March. That plan has obviously changed and a timetable for Kline's recommencing of baseball activities appears cloudy at this point. The 25-year-old had Tommy John surgery last year and hasn't pitched since 2015.
Kline (elbow) underwent follow-up arthroscopic surgery on his throwing elbow last week, Steve Melewski of MASNsports.com reports. The surgery is a follow-up to the Tommy John procedure that Kline underwent in October 2015. The report goes on to state that the 25-year-old will resume his throwing program in three to four weeks. With his recent procedure, it appears that Kline will not be ready for the beginning of the regular season.
Kline (elbow) held a throwing session Tuesday and said he's had a "normal" offseason, Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports. Tommy John surgery knocked Kline out of action for the entire 2016 season, but he's now focusing on building back strength in his arm. The right-hander's goal is to begin the season with a full-season affiliate, rather than hanging back in extended spring training, with the goal of returning to the Double-A level, where he left off in 2015. In that campaign, Kline made eight starts at Double-A, posting a 3.66 ERA and 1.37 WHIP across 39.1 innings.
Kline (elbow) will throw from 120 feet next week, MASN Sports reports. Kline was shut down after eight starts last season. Then he made one appearance in 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.
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.
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