Originally posted on Dodgers Rumors  |  Last updated 7/4/12


The Dodgers disabled list just seems to love company this season. The Dodgers just lost one of their more reliable bullpen arms, as Todd Coffey is out for the remainder of the season. At some point during Monday's loss to the Reds, Coffey tore a ligament is in right elbow, a tear that will require Tommy John surgery to repair.

Coffey will be out for the next 12-18 months as he recovers from his second Tommy John surgery in his career. Dr. Neal ElAttrache said Coffey will have a "revision Tommy John," having had an earlier operation to reconstruct his elbow in 1999 when he was a 19-year-old minor leaguer with the Cincinnati Reds.

Coffey, 32 signed a one-year, $1.3MM contract with the Dodgers last winter, the deal also included a club option for a second year. Coffey is very much prepared to continue his career after his recovery.

"Twelve years is a good run on a Tommy John. If I get another 12 years out of the next one, I'll take that."

"I can't go back in the past. I can't change it," said Coffey (who should know since he's a big Star Trek fan). "It is what it is. If I spent my energy focused on being bummed out or down then I'm not going to get back. The goal is to get back. The goal is to move forward. How do I move forward? That's get it fixed and doing what I can."

No more Ultimate Warrior theme song for the Dodgers this season. Coffey finishes the 2012 season with a record of 1-0, a 4.66 ERA, 18 strikeouts, and 9 BB, in 19.1 innings for the Dodgers. Shawn Tolleson seems to be Coffey's replacement in the bullpen for now, though he owns a 7.71 ERA in six appearances with the Dodgers this season.
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