Oakland Athletics reliever Joey Devine will miss the season after having reconstructive surgery on his right elbow for the second time in three years.
The operation was performed in Florida by Dr. James Andrews and is the latest setback for the 28-year-old, already on the disabled list with biceps tendinitis.
Manager Bob Melvin didn't disclose details about the surgery while talking before Tuesday night's game against Kansas City. The A's later sent out a brief statement saying Devine will miss the rest of the season.
A's head athletic trainer Nick Paparesta said doctors decided to go ahead with reconstructive surgery after an arthroscopic procedure revealed the extent of damage in Devine's elbow.
''In instances like this, you don't even consider what it means to the club,'' Melvin said. ''It's all about him right now. There was a time (last year) when he was as good as anybody coming out of the bullpen in a role that was as important as any role. To have to go back and do that ...