Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 11/12/14
The San Diego Padres got some terrible news on Wednesday afternoon as their top prospect, pitcher Casey Kelly, is almost certain to miss the entire 2013 season due to Tommy John elbow surgery. Kelly had tests on his elbow this week and while a definite course of action has yet to be determined, it appears the 23-year-old will end up having the surgery. Kelly was the centerpiece of the trade between the Padres and Red Sox that sent Adrian Gonzalez to Boston in December of 2010. Since then he has widely been considered San Diego’s top prospect and a future top-of-the-rotation starter. He was limited to just 14 starts in the majors and minors last year thanks to an elbow strain that was not considered serious. Padres manager Bud Black wouldn’t say that Kelly was going to have surgery on his elbow, but our sources have confirmed that it is almost a done deal. Kelly and his family will seek a second opinion, but barring some kind of miracle he will be out for the season. Twelve months is...
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