Torn elbow ligament for Garcia
Christian Garcia’s comeback from June elbow surgery lasted all of 69 pitches.
Thunder manager Tony Franklin revealed after last night’s 4-1 win over Erie at Waterfront Park that the talented but brittle right-hander suffered a torn ligament in the elbow opening night and is almost assuredly headed for a third surgery on the hinge.
What an awful break for a really nice guy with major league stuff when he is on.
Garcia, 24, had an MRI Friday and was said to be in good spirits while charting pitches in the stands Saturday.
His optimism would not last, as a second opinion of the scans confirmed the tear and Franklin informed Garcia of the results after the game.
Garcia, who underwent “Tommy John” surgery on the same elbow in 2007, has thrown a grand total of 90 innings since 2006.
The extent of the tear is not known, but it is a virtually certainty that Garcia his headed for a second ligament replacement procedure.
Dr. James Andrews, among the best in the business, performed each of Garcia’s first two surgeries.
The “Tommy John” procedure was invented by Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974. It reconstructs the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) using a tendon from the forearm, which is used to recreate the damaged ligament and improve the stability of the elbow joint. The success rate is believed to be between 85- and 92-percent.
Unfortunately, Garcia is not in the majority.
Thunder 4, Erie 1 (F)
Bleich, W, 1-0
Below, L, 0-1
Shortstop Luis Nunez went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Second Baseman David Adams had three of Trenton’s nine hits, including his first Double-A home run. Bleich worked 6 1/3 scoreless innings to power Trenton to its first 3-0 start since 2002.