If we're being honest with ourselves, Alex White's potential surgery will have little to no impact on the Houston Astros' season. They are going to finish in last place in the American League West with or without White. The potential surgery will have an impact on White, though. He won't be available for a return to the mound until April of next year if he undergoes surgery now.
As Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle has reported, it seems more likely than not that White will undergo surgery. He injured bios elbow late in spring and has not pitched since. Smith says White is starting to accept the idea of Tommy John surgery.
Alex White starting to accept idea of Tommy John surgery. Nothing set, though. Still being considered.
— Brian T. Smith (@ChronAstros) April 3, 2013
White was slotted to be the Astros' number four starter this season. Considering the make-up of their roster, that may not have been a great accomplishment. However, he was going to be a starter with a chance to show what he could do all season. Now the 24-year old will have to wait until the 2014 season.
White made his Major League debut for the Cleveland Indians in 2011. He bounced around via trade and pitched for both the Indians and the Rockies in 2011 and 2012. He was eventually traded to the Astros. In his career, White has a 5-13 record and a 6.08 ERA.
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