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Edinson Volquez has Tommy John Surgery


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CINCINNATI -- The type of elbow surgery Reds starting pitcher Edinson Volquez needed on Monday was the one he feared would happen.

Volquez had Tommy John elbow ligament replacement surgery to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament and torn flexor mass in his right elbow. Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek performed the 90-minute procedure.

That means Volquez could miss up to 12 months, which wouldn't have him pitching again until late into the 2010 season.

On Friday, Volquez had to shut down a simulated game 20 pitches into what was to be an 80-pitch session when he complained of tightness in his elbow. He had previously thrown four bullpen sessions without incident.

A 17-game winner and an All-Star last season, the 26-year-old Volquez is 4-2 with a 4.35 ERA in nine starts this season. He hasn't pitched since June 1, when he threw one inning vs. the Cardinals in his first start back from a disabled list stint for back spasms.

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