Rockies closer Adam Ottavino says he likely needs Tommy John surgery

Monday May 4th, 2015

Colorado Rockies closer Adam Ottavino told the Denver Post that he will likely need to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. 

The Rockies placed Ottavino on the disabled list on April 27 with right triceps inflammation. An MRI later showed that he also had inflammation in the triceps tendon that attaches above the elbow.

Ottavino became Colorado's closer after LaTroy Hawkins went on the DL with right biceps tendinitis. In 10 1/3 innings this season, he gave up three hits and no runs while posting 13 strikeouts. With Ottavino on the DL, John Axford has taken over as the Rockies' closer. 

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According to the Post, Ottavino will meet with Dr. James Andrews for a second opinion to ensure the surgery is necessary.

"I've accepted it. I'll take it head on," Ottavino told the Post. "This isn't a death sentence. Many major league pitchers have had successful careers after undergoing Tommy John surgery."

In 65 innings last season, Ottavino had a 3.60 ERA with 70 strikeouts. 

The Rockies (11–13) host the Arizona Diamondbacks (10–14) on Monday.

- Molly Geary

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