|Sherrill to have Tommy John surgery. Career over? |
by Rick Randall of SeattleClubhouse.com, April 30, 2012 at 2:46 am ET
George Sherrill Profile
George Sherrill's lost velocity and strained flexor bundle ended up being more serious than initially thought, and the Mariners team doctor and a national expert have both opined that the 35-year-old left-hander's best bet for recovery now is to undergo UCL replacement surgery. Sherrill reportedly will travel to Los Angeles where Dr. Lewis Yocum -- the team phyisican for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the foremost expert on TJ surgery -- will perform the procedure.
While the success rate for Tommy John surgery recipients has risen dramatically over the past few decades, typical recovery time from the procedure is about 12 months. Sherrill signed a one-year, $1.3m contract with Seattle in January, meaning that his two underwhelming games (1 1/3, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 HR, 1 BB, 0 SO) of early season action in his return to the club that first gave him a big league shot may be the end of his swan song.
Sherrill made 197 appearances for the Mariners and posted a 3.89 ERA, 1.25 WHIP and 9.6 SO/9 in his four-plus seasons with the club.