Miner's Tommy John surgery successful

Miner's Tommy John surgery successful

DETROIT -- Tigers reliever Zach Miner has successfully undergone season-ending Tommy John surgery, head athletic director Kevin Rand said Saturday.

Noted orthopedic surgeon Dr. Lewis Yocum completed the surgery Friday in Los Angeles. The surgery reconstructed Miner's ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, which was diagnosed two weeks ago.

A typical rehab process usually takes 9-12 months before the pitcher is throwing in games again.

"Everything went well and he's on his way back home to start his rehab," Rand said. "Our hope is that by him getting the surgery at this point that he will be either ready to go at the beginning of next year or shortly thereafter."

Miner had experienced elbow problems since the middle of Spring Training, but the severity of his injury wasn't known until tests revealed the partial ligament tear after an outing during extended spring training that produced high levels of discomfort.

Entering the season, Miner was expected to play a major role in Detroit's bullpen. He showed he could fill many roles for the Tigers last season, as he was everything from a spot starter to a middle reliever to a setup man. He went 7-5 with a 4.29 ERA in 2009.