Herrmann has Tommy John surgery, out for the season
March 13, 2013
On Tuesday the Cleveland Indians announced right-handed reliever Frank Herrmann underwent reconstructive surgery on his right elbow in New York City. Dr. David Altchek performed a ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction on Herrmann, who will miss the entire 2013 season and has an expected rehabilitation period of 12-to-18 months.
Herrmann, 28, last pitched on February 25th verus the Oakland A’s in Phoenix and in two appearances this spring totaled 2.0 innings and allowed four runs (all earned) on five hits, a homer and no walks or strikeouts. Due to the rehab and time it takes to be game ready, he will probably miss part of the 2014 season as well.
Last season Herrmann made 15 total appearances with the Indians and went 0-0 with a 2.33 ERA, and in 19.1 innings allowed 12 hits, 4 walks, and had 14 strikeouts. In 95 career big league appearances he is 4-1 with a 4.26 ERA, and in 120.1 innings has allowed 131 hits, 14 home runs, 29 walks and has 72 strikeouts.
With Herrmann out for the season he will likely at some point between now and the start of the season be placed on the 60-day disabled list to create a spot on the 40-man roster for non-roster players Scott Kazmir or Ryan Raburn to make the opening day roster.
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Looks like he may have to try and catch on with another organization.