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Tribe Reliever Frank Herrmann Shut Down With Elbow Injury

Right hander mulls options to repair injured ligament in his throwing arm


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Frank Herrmann entered Spring Training poised to make the Indians’ opening day roster and pitch out of their bullpen this season. After adding a curve to his repertoire last season and enjoying a successful stretch with the ball club which saw him finish with a 2.33 ERA in 15 games with the Tribe, Herrmann seemed a virtual lock to make the ball club this spring. However all of that changed last Monday in an exhibition game against the Oakland A’s during Herrmann’s first Cactus League appearance for the ball club.

Early on in his outing, Herrmann felt a sharp pain in his right elbow, but he attempted to pitch through the discomfort giving up four runs on five hits in the process. After the inning, the Indians decided to shut down Herrmann and have his arm evaluated after a few days’ rest. On Saturday, Herrmann met with arm specialist Dr. Lewis Yocum who diagnosed the injured ligament and made a few recommendations to correct it. Amongst the possibilities for the 28-year old relief pitcher is Tommy John surgery, but Herrmann has not made a decision yet, wanting to explore all options before making up his mind. Should Herrmann opt for ligament replacement surgery, he will miss anywhere from 12 to 18 months in recovery time. The Indians have already lost the services of starting pitcher Josh Tomlin this season due to Tommy John surgery, and are hopeful that Carlos Carrasco will be able to make an impact for the club this year after missing all of the 2012 campaign recovering from the procedure.



By Robert Gonzalez
Cleveland Indians Correspondent