Rockies LHP Neagle undergoes elbow surgery

Updated: July 30, 2003, 5:06 PM ET

CINCINNATI - Colorado Rockies lefthander Denny Neagle on Wednesday underwent major elbow surgery, a procedure that could jeopardize the career of the 34-year-old starter.

Neagle had arthroscopic surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament as well as a nerve transposition. The season-ending procedure was performed by Cincinnati Reds team physician Dr. Timothy Kremchek.

Depending on how Neagle responds to the transposition, his recovery time could be closer to 12-18 months.

Neagle missed the first 71 games of the season with stiffness in the elbow, an injury that got progressively worse during spring training. He returned to the team on June 17 and went 2-4 with a 7.90 ERA in seven starts, surrendering 47 hits in 35 1/3 innings.

Last season, Neagle was 8-11 with a 5.26 ERA in 35 games, including 28 starts. He is 19-23 with the Rockies since signing a five-year, $51 million contract prior to the 2001 season.

A 13-year veteran, Neagle is 124-92 with a 4.24 ERA in 392 games with Minnesota, Pittsburgh, Atlanta, Cincinnati and Colorado.

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