Meredith to have Tommy John surgery

Nationals right-hander Cla Meredith will have Tommy John surgery in Washington DC on Wednesday. Dr. Wiemi Douoguih will perform the procedure.

Meredith started having elbow problems about two weeks ago while having his first bullpen session of the Spring. He was hoping that scar tissue was breaking up inside the elbow.

Meredith took time off and then started feeling pain Friday while playing catch. This past offseason, Meredith had bone chips removed from the elbow.

Meredith signed a Minor League deal with the Nationals last month. He was competing for a spot in the bullpen. Last season, Meredith played for the Orioles and allowed nine runs in 15 innings.       

“If he didn’t make the team, he would have been a nice option to have in the Minor Leagues,” manager Jim Riggleman said. “He was the unlucky one this year. It has happened all over baseball.”         

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