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May 11, 2010

Surgery today for Lebron

Orioles relief prospect Luis Lebron is having Tommy John ligament-reconstruction surgery on his right elbow today. Renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews is performing the surgery in Birmingham, Ala.

Lebron had an appointment with Dr. Andrews yesterday, and opted to have the surgery. The exact prognosis isn't known, but Lebron will probably miss most of next season.

Lebron, a hard-throwing 25-year-old who impressed team officials in spring training, split the 2009 season between Double-A Bowie and Single-A Frederick. He went 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 24 appearances for the Baysox after going 2-3 with a 3.00 ERA in 28 games for the Keys.

Lebron totaled 20 saves -- nine for Bowie and 11 for Frederick -- while striking out 91 hitters in 60 1/3 total innings.

Posted by Jeff Zrebiec at 3:31 PM | | Comments (5)


had the celtic fans excited for a second or two

Jeff Z"s reply: Great line.

This is his 2nd, no? Poor kid.

Jeff Z's reply: As far as I know, this is the first.

Dang this franchise cannot catch a break.

Gotta agree with Paul. I almost just jumped out of my chair in joy...

Shame. I read advance reports during the offseason that this kid potentially has closer stuff and velocity.

What seemed like a position of strength and depth in the offseason, the bullpen, suddenly we're scrambling to find arms to fill roles. Amazing what losing a closer and set-up man does to a pen?

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