Cleveland Indians lefty reliever Nick Hagadone will be out for 6-9 months following surgery on his left elbow, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian has reported. The surgery came after Hagadone received a second opinion on an apparent elbow injury he suffered during a rehab start last week while attempting to come back from an unrelated back injury.
Hagadone underwent surgery to "stabilize a fractured medial epicondyle bone in his left elbow," on Thursday, effectively ending his season. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews, who performed a similar surgery on A’s starter Jarrod Parker in May.
This will be the second surgery that Hagadone has undergone on his left elbow. Back in 2008 as a member of the Boston Red Sox organization, Hagadone had Tommy John surgery, but he had not had issues with his throwing arm since joining the Indians 2009.
Hagadone will finish 2015 a 4.28 ERA in 24 relief appearances for the Tribe. He has been looked at in the past as a potential dominant reliever in the Indians bullpen, but so far in his short career that has not quite panned out, and this injury is yet another setback. If he could have stayed healthy throughout the season, he likely could have surpassed his career-high 36 relief appearances that he had in 2013.
In terms of replacing Hagadone, the Indians have mostly done so with Kyle Crockett and Jeff Manship (his roster spot at least), with some success thus far. Crockett allowed his first earned run in Thursday night’s loss to the Chicago White Sox, and Manship has allowed only one run in 13 innings so far this season.
Being that the Indians are teetering between buying and selling at this year’s trade deadline, there likely will not be any big moves made to replace him for the remainder of the season. Terry Francona loves flooding the roster with relievers anyway, so there is a decent chance his season-long replacement is already on the active roster.