Monday, March 24, 2008
Capuano career in jeopardy with a tear in his surgically repaired elbow
Chris Capuano, who had reconstructive elbow surgery on his pitching arm in 2002, might need to have additional surgery to repair a torn replacement tendon in his elbow. The injury known as "Tommy John" surgery haunts every pitcher. Cappy is going on his second. Many pitchers don't recover from this injury so Cappy is facing an uphill battle once again. It's rare for a pitcher to need a second "Tommy John" surgery, and also rare for one to return to top form afterward.
An 18-game winner in 2005 and a National League all-star in 2006, Capuano bolted to a 5-0 start last season but went winless in his last 12 decisions and pitched in 22 consecutive losing efforts by the Brewers, including four in relief.
That skid forced Capuano to compete for a job in the starting rotation this spring. Including the aborted outing against Seattle, he was 1-1 with a 9.00 earned run average in four games (two starts).
"I know for a fact that I can come back to 100%, which is the key," said Capuano, who indicated that the tendon tear "looks pretty clean."
"When you go through any rehab, it's 100% believing you're going to come back better and stronger than you were before surgery. If you don't commit to that fully, you're not going to come back as quick.
We wish Cappy the best on his rehab and hope to see him in a Brewers uniform soon.