The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday afternoon that catcher Elias Diaz will undergo right elbow surgery this week. Once the surgery is completed, they will release additional details of the procedure and the rehab process will be outlined. No other details are available, but a tweet from earlier noted that it wasn’t Tommy John surgery.
Diaz was beginning to throw during Extended Spring Training and said that the elbow felt better, but he has obviously had a setback since then. The elbow injury shut him down in the middle of Spring Training and he has not played since.
This says Elias Diaz getting an operation on his right elbow, although it's not Tommy John. https://t.co/uNSF7e91Fy
— Tim Williams (@TimWilliamsP2) May 2, 2016
UPDATE: Wednesday, 11:30 AM: Diaz underwent successful surgery yesterday according to Pirates head trainer Todd Tomczyk. The procedure was called “elbow debridement” which is basically just cleaning up the elbow. Diaz’s estimated return time is 7-9 weeks, which would be around July 1st.
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