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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.

Bethany is a Graduate of the University of South Florida and currently resides in Tampa. She is a die-hard Yankees' fan and has been a freelance writer for six years. She has covered the Yankees' Minor League System since 2010 and also does freelance work for and CBS Local Tampa Bay. Follow her on Twitter @TampaBethany

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