Drabek to have second Tommy John surgery

Drabek to have second Tommy John surgery

MILWAUKEE -- As of first pitch in the series opener against the Brewers on Monday, Blue Jays manager John Farrell still had no definitive answer for who will start on the mound Tuesday or Wednesday.

He did, however, have some insight into the injury status of right-hander Kyle Drabek, who will undergo Tommy John surgery on Tuesday.

"Based on the multiple evaluations, I think this was the only option," Farrell said. "So in some ways, because of the extent of the injury, it was pretty much taken out of his hands. And the proper road and really best course of action is to have surgery done, knowing that entails a lengthy rehab and a lot of due diligence and work on his part in the near future here."

For Drabek, who will have the procedure done by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla., it will be his second Tommy John surgery, which typically keeps a pitcher out of action for about a year. His first came in 2006 while still in high school.

As for Drew Hutchinson, the other pitcher to go down last week for Toronto, Farrell said he wasn't as certain what the immediate future might hold. Hutchinson got a second opinion on his injured right elbow from Dr. Tim Kremchek in Cincinnati on Monday, and Farrell had yet to receive a full report before Monday's game.

"Once we get the report, we'll factor that into the other information that we obtained [from] our own medical staff, and at that point determine the next course of action," Farrell said.