Gorgen needs Tommy John surgery

Gorgen needs Tommy John surgery

Gorgen needs Tommy John surgery
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When his elbow began bothering him early in camp, Matt Gorgen hoped for the best.

Instead, the right-handed reliever got the news no pitcher wants to hear, when he was told on Friday that he would need Tommy John surgery.

That means that Gorgen will miss the entire 2011 season, as the typical recovery time for the procedure is at least 12 months.

"It's a tough break, but I'll just rehab and get ready for next year," Gorgen said. "Hopefully, by this time next year, I'll be throwing again and getting ready to compete for Spring Training."

Gorgen began to feel tightness in his forearm following his outing last Wednesday against the Mariners in which he walked two, gave up a hit and a pair of runs in one inning of work.

"I just didn't have my control," he said. "I didn't get a feel for pitches, and it just really tightened up afterwards."

Gorgen was acquired by the D-backs from the Rays in exchange for Chad Qualls prior to last year's trading deadline. The surgery will likely be performed by Dr. Lewis Yocum, and Gorgen said the hope is to have it done next week.

"Obviously, not the way I wanted to begin my career here," Gorgen said.

Gorgen was 3-2 with a 1.65 ERA for Double-A Montgomery last year, and over his Minor League career he is 11-4 with a 1.45 ERA in 108 games.