Arodys Vizcaino somehow managed to avoid Tommy John surgery when he partially tore his ulnar collateral ligament in 2010. The Atlanta Braves reliever was not so fortunate this time; he underwent the procedure Tuesday at the hands of Dr. James Andrews and will miss the entire 2012 season.
Vizcaino, ranked the Braves' no. 2 prospect on mlb.com and the no. 1 relief pitching prospect by Baseball America, now faces a full 12 months of rehab on the elbow that shut him down for six weeks nearly two years ago.
Though his UCL healed with rest after being partially torn in 2010 and he came back throwing 98 miles per hour that September, Andrews recommended the ligament transplant procedure after examining Vizcaino on Monday. Vizcaino had not pitched since March 3 due to the pain in his elbow.
After Vizcaino was promoted from Advanced-A Lynchburg to Double-A Mississippi, he was converted to a reliever in July. He was the quickly promoted to Triple-A Gwinnett and called up to Atlanta in August, where he spent the final two months of the season.
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