Milton to have season-ending Tommy John surgery
CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Eric Milton is scheduled to have reconstructive elbow surgery Friday, almost certainly ending his season.
It's possible the left-hander will never throw another pitch for the Reds. He can become a free agent when his $25.5 million, three-year contract expires this fall.
Milton was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts this season. He went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left elbow on May 9, the second consecutive year he was hampered by elbow problems. Milton had season-ending surgery to clean out the same elbow last Sept. 22.
This year, Milton told the team about his sore elbow after he pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 7-6 loss to Houston on May 8. Tests the next day detected inflammation.
Team spokesman Rob Butcher said Monday he didn't know when doctors determined that Milton had a damaged ligament in his elbow and would require Tommy John surgery.
The 31-year-old Milton is 16-27 with Cincinnati since signing with the Reds before the 2005 season. He gave up an NL-leading 40 homers that year.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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