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Rockies’ Prospect Jairo Diaz To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

(Photo: Denver Post)

(Photo: Denver Post)

The Colorado Rockies pitching prospect Jairo Diaz won’t see any playing time in 2016 due to a torn ligament in his right elbow and will now undergo Tommy John Surgery.

Ranked twenty-fifth in the Rockies’ Organization, Diaz was considered an option for the bullpen this season. In his first appearance this Spring Training he had a solid outing Wednesday and the struggled on Saturday. After just two-thirds of an inning, Diaz complained about pain in his throwing elbow and was taken out of the game.

Diaz is a force of power in the bullpen with a fastball that easily hits the high 90’s and up to 100 mph. He spent the 2015 season with Triple-A Albuquerque where he made 47 relief appearances striking out fifty for a 3-5 record along with a 4.58 ERA. He was then promoted to the Majors where he maintained a 2.37 ERA in twenty-one relief appearances; striking out eighteen.

The twenty-four year old will miss the entire 2016 season and depending on the amount of time he needs to rehab, will return sometime in the early 2017 regular season.

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