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Report: White Sox pitcher Nate Jones out 12-15 months after elbow surgery

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Chicago White Sox reliever Nate Jones has missed all of 2014 with a back injury, and now his status for next season is in doubt too, according to a report from CSN Chicago

While rehabbing a back injury, Jones, tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow, requiring reconstructive surgery. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation Tuesday, according to White Sox general manager Rick Hahn. 

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In his rookie year, 2012, Jones went 8-0 with a 2.39 ERA in 65 appearances. Last season his ERA rose to 4.15, but Jones struck out 89 batters in 78 innings. His 10.27 strikeouts per nine innings was the eighth-highest rate in baseball among pitchers who threw at least 70 innings.

Jones is expected to miss 12 to 15 months while recovering from the new injury.

- Alex Hampl 

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