Cla Meredith will undergo Tommy John surgery
After experiencing pain in his surgically repaired elbow early this spring, right-handed reliever Cla Meredith will undergo Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery. The operation will be performed today by Nationals team doctor Wiemi Douoguih.
Meredith, 27, signed a minor league contract with the Nationals this winter after spending 2010 with the Orioles, mostly in Class AAA. In October, Meredith underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow. When he threw about 20 pitches in his first bullpen session, Meredith felt acute pain in his elbow, which led to a series of tests, which eventually revealed a torn ulnar ligament.
"If he didn't make the team, he would have been a nice option to look at" in the minors, Manager Jim Riggleman said. "But I guess that's the nature of it. There's a percentage of guys that this happens to, and he was the unlucky one this year. That ligament there is vulnerable. And his went."
The Nationals, Riggleman said, had no concern that Meredith's bone chips would lead to anything more significant. They were aware of Meredith's October operation.
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