There isn’t much history on pitchers having two Tommy John surgeries at the age of 27, but that’s what Royals closer Joakim Soria faces on April 3. Left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano underwent a second surgery when he was 29 in May of 2008 and didn’t come back until 2010 with the Milwaukee Brewers. Last year he was in the rotation for the New York Met and will pitch with the Dodgers this season.
AUDIO Soria talks to reporters on his decision for surgery (2:00)
“There’s not a complete tear, but it’s more than 50 percent so the doctors say the best chance to get back is to have the surgery,” Soria said. “It was tough for me because it’s the second one but my wife and all my family is behind me and supporting me. That’s why I made the choice to have the surgery.”
If Soria faces the same time period of rehab like Capuano, missing two seasons, the Royals will have to a make decision on his contract. They have options for 2013 ($8 million) and 2014 ($8.75 million). He’s guaranteed $6 million for this season because the club exercised its option for 2012.