A's reliever Joey Devine will miss this entire season after under going Tommy John elbow surgery for the second time.
Devine went to visit Dr. James Andrews, the specialist who did his 2009 surgery, because the ulnar nerve on his elbow was bothering him. Multiple tests showed that Devine's ulnar collateral ligament needed to be replaced for a second time.
Typically, recovery from Tommy John surgery takes 12-18 months. It's a devastating setback for Devine.
"in spring training, from game 1, he had gone downhill," A's trainer Nick Paparesta said.
Several pitchers have come back from multiple Tommy John surgeries, Paparesta said. Jason Isringhausen has had three procedures.