Sometimes elbow inflammation is just elbow inflammation, but sometimes it's a sign of something worse.
Unfortunately for the Cleveland Indians, the latter is true for starting pitcher Josh Tomlin, who will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow. Tomlin was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Aug. 14 with what was termed as "elbow inflammation," but the injury has turned out to be more serious than that.
Tomlin was having a 2012 that signaled that something might be seriously wrong with his arm. After a 2011 that saw him put up career bests in every major category, Tomlin posted a 6.36 ERA in 16 starts this year, which was a full two-plus runs higher than last season. His WHIP, batting average against and walk rate had all also skyrocketed. The recovery time for Tommy John surgery is normally 12-to-15 months.