Stripling's Tommy John surgery delayed

Stripling's Tommy John surgery delayed

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Ross Stripling must have done extra damage pitching with a torn right elbow ligament, because on Wednesday, he underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean out loose bodies from an inflamed elbow, delaying his planned Tommy John surgery.

Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed the unexpected procedure, and the Dodgers said the surgery will take place after Stripling's inflammation has subsided and his range of motion returns.

Stripling said he suffered the ligament tear throwing batting practice Feb. 23, but he didn't tell anybody. He then pitched one inning Feb. 26 and threw with normal velocity, but he reported pain afterward. An MRI revealed the torn ligament.

Stripling is ranked as the No. 10 prospect in the organization by MLB.com, while the Dodgers considered him right behind Zach Lee among Minor League pitchers who were on track to make their Major League debuts this year.

Stripling was a fifth-round pick in 2012 out of Texas A&M and split time last year between Class A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga for a combined 8-4 mark with a 2.82 ERA.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.