RHP Donnelly has ``Tommy John'' surgery, ending season

Updated: August 14, 2007, 9:03 PM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Red Sox reliever Brendan Donnelly underwent "Tommy John" reconstructive surgery on his right elbow on Tuesday, sidelining him at least through most of next season.

The operation on Donnelly, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels last December, was done by Dr. Lewis Yocum in Inglewood, Calif. The Red Sox said it went as expected and that the right-hander would rejoin Boston in several weeks for a follow up examination. He is expected to be sidelined 12-18 months.

Donnelly sent a text message to manager Terry Francona after the surgery.

"His text said he came through it great and he's just going to go rest," Francona said. "He was just a little groggy but he sent a real quick message saying, 'I made it.' "

In 27 games, all in relief, Donnelly was 2-1 with a 3.05 ERA this season. He went on the 15-day disabled list on June 17 because of what the team said was a strained right forearm.

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

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