Milton to have season-ending Tommy John surgery

CINCINNATI -- Reds pitcher Eric Milton is scheduled to have
reconstructive elbow surgery Friday, almost certainly ending his

Eric Milton


It's possible the left-hander will never throw another pitch for
the Reds. He can become a free agent when his $25.5 million,
three-year contract expires this fall.

Milton was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts this season. He
went on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in his left
elbow on May 9, the second consecutive year he was hampered by
elbow problems. Milton had season-ending surgery to clean out the
same elbow last Sept. 22.

This year, Milton told the team about his sore elbow after he
pitched 5 1/3 innings in a 7-6 loss to Houston on May 8. Tests the
next day detected inflammation.

Team spokesman Rob Butcher said Monday he didn't know when
doctors determined that Milton had a damaged ligament in his elbow
and would require Tommy John surgery.

The 31-year-old Milton is 16-27 with Cincinnati since signing
with the Reds before the 2005 season. He gave up an NL-leading 40
homers that year.