Arizona Diamondbacks lose Bronson Arroyo to Tommy John surgery

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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Bronson Arroyo underwent a successful Tommy John surgery yesterday which will rule him out until the start of the 2015 season.

The starting pitcher, who signed by the D-backs last February on a $23.5 million two-year deal, has suffered an indifferent season but it is not yet known how badly the elbow injury affected Arroyo.

Long term injury

The pitcher had been out of action for over a month before having the surgery. His last performance coming against Los Angeles Dodgers on June 15.

The surgery was deemed a success by doctors Michael Lee and Don Sheridan who carried out the operation yesterday.

Arroyo’s 2014 season figures claim a solid but unspectacular showing: 4.08 ERA, 14 Games Started, 1.29 WHIP and a 7-4 record.

The pitcher, who is famous for his unusual pitching motion where he kicks his right leg out above his head, is an experienced head in Arizona’s bullpen and will be sorely missed for the second half of the season.

The news was circulating late last night and was confirmed today via the Diamondback’s official Twitter account.

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Arroyo's career to date

The 37-year-old made his debut in 2000 for the Pittsburgh Pirates and the seasoned professional won the World Series with the Boston Red Sox in 2004.

Two years later, after switching to the Cincinnati Reds during 2006 Spring Training, Arroyo was named in the All-Star line-up.

In 2010 while with the Reds the pitcher threw his best ever season and won the Golden Glove with an outstanding 17-10 and 3.88 ERA record.

Now at the D-backs, the pitcher is a strong member of the bullpen who eats up a huge number of innings.

It was feared Arroyo’s mileage had caused the injury and at 37 his body was beginning to give up on him.

Struggling season

The D-backs will hope that isn’t the case and the pitcher can bounce back next year.

The club are currently at the foot of the National League West division with a 40-56 season record and are a whopping 13.5 games behind league leaders Los Angeles Dodgers.

Recovery from Tommy John surgeries is estimated between 12 and 18 months but varies from pitcher to pitcher. Arroyo joins a long list of fellow MLB pitchers who have needed the surgery since the start of the 2014 season.

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