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Cotts has Tommy John surgery

Updated: July 2, 2009, 9:47 PM ET
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

Cubs left-hander Neal Cotts had elbow ligament replacement surgery on Thursday night.

"I just got out of surgery and everything went well," Cotts said via text message.

Cincinnati-based surgeon Timothy Kremchek performed the surgery.

The procedure, commonly known as Tommy John surgery, is completely successful for a high percentage of players who have had the operation in the past. Recovery time is usually 11 months to a year before a player can return to full arm strength.

Cotts, ...

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