Chris Ray has had ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction (or UCL) surgery - commonly known as Tommy John surgery - and is likely to miss the entire 2008 season. The surgery took place yesterday, according to The (Baltimore) Sun and other media outlets.
Talk about a buzz kill.
Here's the The Baltimore Sun report.
"Ray, who has been on the disabled list since July 25, attempted to throw at the Orioles minor league complex in Sarasota, Fla.
He continued to experience pain in the right elbow, and after having it examined, decided to undergo the procedure commonly referred to as Tommy John surgery. Renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews performed it in Birmingham, Ala."
Update [2007-8-17 19:32:34 by duck]: Apparently, things happened fast with this latest development. From MLB.com:
"After throwing on Monday and Tuesday, though, Ray still felt pain in his right arm and went to see Dr. Andrews, who recommended surgery. Ray is listed as being out for the next eight to 12 months, but it's unlikely he will be available at any point during the 2008 season.
Ray went 5-6 with a 4.43 ERA and 16 saves in 43 games this season. Baltimore manager Dave Trembley reiterated on Friday that right-hander Danys Baez will be the Orioles' primary late-inning option going forward. "
Update [2007-8-17 19:44:38 by duck]:On the O's game Friday, Andy MacPhail said Dr. Andrews was originally to address the bone spur, but given the greenlight to do TJ if needed. Chris was advised ahead of time and gave his consent. Once Dr. Andrews went in, he saw TJ was the best option, and did it.