PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 27: Pitcher Joey Devine #33 of the Oakland Athletics poses for a portrait during spring training photo day at Phoenix Municipal Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Devine missed the 2009 and 2010 seasons recovering from Tommy John surgery on the same elbow.
Oakland Athletics right-hander Joey Devine will undergo a second surgery on his troublesome pitching elbow today, according to The Washington Post. It's the same elbow that kept him out of the 2009 and 2010 seasons after he'd undergone Tommy John surgery.
The 28-year-old Devine started the season on the disabled list due to biceps tendinitis and now this latest setback will have him out indefinitely.
Injuries have prevented Devine from building upon his first year with the A's in 2008 when he went 6-1 with a 0.59 ERA in 42 games. He did return for a short period of time last season, going 1-1 with a 3.52 ERA in 26 appearances and 23 innings.
"I don't know what the surgery entails," said A's manager Bob Melvin. "To get back and pitch as well as he did last year for a stint, he was as effective a pitcher as we had in the bullpen ... it really looked like he was back to form last year, then later on in the season obviously it didn't work out for him and now he has to go have surgery. It's very disappointing certainly for him but also for us."
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