Garcia undergoes second Tommy John surgery
TRENTON — Thunder opening night starter Christian Garcia had a second ligament replacement surgery since 2007 Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.
New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek performed the procedure, which required taking a ligament from Garcia’s knee to reconstruct the elbow ligament.
Garcia said via text message today he has “zero pain” in the elbow, but is experiencing considerable soreness in the knee, which needed to be cauterized due to excessive bleeding.
Dr. James Andrews performed Garcia’s first two elbow surgeries, including last summer’s clean-out that limited the third-round pick in 2004 to just five Double-A starts.
The “Tommy John” surgery was invented by Dr. Frank Jobe in 1974.
It reconstructs the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) using a tendon from the forearm or knee, which then 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.
The 24-year-old Garcia, who has thrown only 90 innings since 2006, is not among the majority. He was lifted after 69 pitches and 5 2/3 innings against Erie April 8 and is done for the season.
Thanks to Josh Norris of ‘Minor Matters’ and WIMG sports director Dave Fenster for helping to pull all the Garcia info together Sunday. It was a team effort.
Portland 9, Thunder 5 (F)
Coello W, 3-1
Castillo L, 0-2
HR: Portland: Apodaca (1), Anderson (5)
Portland first baseman Lars Anderson drilled a three-run home run in the ninth inning off Trenton reliever Noel Castillo has the Seadogs took three of the four games this weekend with a 9-5 win.
The Anderson homer snapped a 4-4 tie and was Anderson’s second off Castillo in the series.
Closer Grant Duff was ready to pitch to Anderson after Castillo walked the first two batters in the 9th inning, but manager Tony Franklin stuck with Castillo, who has just been pounded at Double-A with an ERA over 11 runs per-game since his debut last season.
“That’s (Castillo’s) role; it was his usually spot and his usual amount of hitters faced,’’ Franklin said. “If we don’t pitch him in that spot, where are we going to pitch him? We expect him to go out there and get outs. It didn’t happen today. He got burned the other night by same guy, and if you are going to develop in this role you are going to face the same hitters time and time again. It’s a continuous situation of development — give him enough chances to see if he can do it or not. That’s what development’s all about.’’
You can read my entire game story in The Times of Trenton here.
This three-hour, 30-minute test of endurance featured a combined 26 hits, 13 walks and 22 men left on base … Trenton catcher Austin Romine has thrown out just two out of 12 runners attempting to steal this season. The top Thunder prospect went down hard after being hit in the left elbow on a backswing, which he said caused his hands to twitch, but the symptons eventually calmed down and Romine remained in the game.