Friday, August 23, 2013

Jonathan Broxton out at least six months after elbow surgery

San Francisco Giants v Cincinnati Reds - Game Three

On Friday, Reds reliever Jonathan Broxton underwent successful elbow surgery to repair the torn flexor mass in his right forearm. 

The procedure was performed by Reds medical director Timothy Kremchek and the timetable for Broxton's return is estimated at six months.

This could very well mean that the right-hander may begin the 2014 season on the disabled list. However, the team is hoping Broxton will be fully healed and ready to go by spring training. 

“It could have been much more severe,” Reds manager Dusty Baker said. “If there was a silver lining, it wasn’t in the ligament or the joint. It could have been a lot worse.”

Broxton was injured and ineffective in the first season of a three-year, $21 million deal, throwing just 31 innings and recording a 4.11 ERA. And because the contract was structured to be cheaper this season he’s owed $7 million next season, $9 million in 2015, and $9 million or a $1 million buyout for 2016.

Broxton is earning a salary of $4 million this season.

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