Astros' Alex White to undergo Tommy John surgery

Alex White
White will miss the entire 2013 season after having Tommy John surgery. (USATSI)

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Young Astros pitcher Alex White will miss the entire season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ulnar-collateral ligament in his right elbow next week. The Astros announced plans for the surgery Friday.

For those unaware, the procedure to fix this issue is commonly known as Tommy John surgery.

White, 24, injured his arm in his last spring start on March 29.

White was the Indians' first-round pick (15th overall) out of the University of North Carolina in 2009 and was a top-50 prospect in baseball prior to the 2011 season, but has since faltered.

He went to Colorado as one of the main pieces -- along with fellow starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz -- of the trade that landed the Indians Ubaldo Jimenez in 2011. This past offseason, the Astros acquired him in a trade for reliever Wilton Lopez.

In his big-league career, White is 5-13 with a 6.03 ERA and 1.69 WHIP. He's been good to great in the minors but has yet to see it translate in the show.

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