Corpas to undergo Tommy John surgery
Colorado Rockies relieverwill undergo Tommy John surgery Sept. 8. Originally diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow by the Rockies medical staff, Corpas was examined Tuesday by Dr. Lewis Yocum, a noted orthopedic surgeon and a team doctor of the Los Angeles Angels.
Yocum confirmed the diagnosis that Corpas has a slight tear in the UCL and needs Tommy John surgery. That reconstructive elbow operation will be performed by Dr. Thomas Noonan, the Rockies medical director, in Denver. Recovery time is typically 12-18 months.
Corpas is under contract to the Rockies for $3.5 million next year. The club has a $6 million option with a $250,000 buyout for 2012.
Corpas has had elbow trouble throughout the season. He came off the Coors Field mound in pain on Aug. 25 during a relief appearance against the Braves. In 56 games this season, Corpas filled a variety of relief roles and went 3-5 with 10 saves and a 4.60 ERA in 62 2/3 innings.