John Ely seemed ready to make the jump. Considering the injury to Alex White, the Houston Astros appeared to be in need of some starting pitching help, and Ely seemed the logical candidate. He was in Major League camp this spring, and has experience now at all levels of the minor league system. Unfortunately, his season is over as he will need to undergo Tommy John surgery.
According to Brian McTaggart of MLB.com, Ely has been diagnosed with an ulnar collateral ligament tear and will undergo Tommy John surgery. The surgery, which will cost Ely the rest of this season and the start of next season, will delay his rise to the big league club. And Ely seemed poised to make the jump.
Ely has 25 games of Major League experience within the Dodgers organization. He started 19 games for the Dodgers between 2010 and 2012. However, he was traded to the Astros and has been pitching at Triple-A to start this season.
In his Major League career, Ely is 4-13 with a 5.70 ERA. That's nothing to write home about, but he posted a 3.27 ERA in 27 starts from Triple-A Albuquerque last season. The Astros have put together a rag-tag bunch of player who somehow have managed to avoid being labeled the worst team in baseball right now. Ely seems like he would be a perfect fit. Unfortunately, his shot will have to wait until next year.
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