Season over, and probably his career:
Veteran left-hander Kent Mercker will undergo season-ending reconstructive surgery on his left elbow, the Cincinnati Reds said Monday.
The 38-year-old Mercker was placed on the disabled list Saturday after pitching a scoreless inning in relief Friday night in Philadelphia. He was examined Monday by Timothy Kremchek, the Reds’ medical director, who scheduled surgery for Thursday. Mercker has been on the disabled list three times this season because of elbow problems.
Mercker is 1-1, with a 4.13 ERA and one save in 37 relief appearances this season. He did not allow an earned run in his final 12 appearances.
What’s most amazing is this, from Marc:
The fact that Kent Mercker was able to throw another pitch in the 10th inning Friday after feeling a burning sensation in his elbow on a wild pitch to Ryan Howard was fairly remarkable. An MRI and further examination by Doc Kremchek today revealed that Mercker had completely torn his ulnar collateral ligament and suffered an 80-percent tear in his flexor tendon.
Redleg Nation offers best wishes to Kent, and our hopes for a speedy recovery. Mercker has had a nice career, and he’s always been a classy member of the Reds organization.
Sadly, the putrid Reds bullpen is now even worse.