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Hoffman has arthroscopic surgery on elbow

Discussion in 'All Other San Diego Sports' started by SDRaiderH8er, Oct 12, 2007.

  1. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2006

    By Tom Krasovic
    1:38 p.m. October 12, 2007

    SEAN M. HAFFEY / Union-Tribune
    Padres closer Trevor Hoffman had surgery on his pitching elbow this week, an arthroscopic “cleanup” procedure that, according to the club, will have the all-time save leader ready for Opening Day.

    Hoffman and the club had given no indication that an elbow ailment was hindering the right-hander during the 2007 season.

    In his final two outings, Hoffman lost leads in games that would have secured a playoff berth for the Padres.

    Pitching coach Darren Balsley said Hoffman reported “aches and pains” that were typical of what many pitchers experience during the season and that Hoffman's elbow 'wasn't a topic of conversation" before or during the closer's final two games.

    In the club's 161st game, Hoffman gave up a tying triple to Tony Gwynn Jr. off a 2-2 changeup with two outs in the ninth inning. Hoffman said afterward that he threw the ball where he intended, and Balsley said yesterday that Gwynn deserved credit for lining the pitch into the right-field corner.

    “That was a hitter going down and hitting a real good pitch,” Balsley said. “That changeup to Gwynn was a good one.”
    Two days after Gwynn denied the Padres a champagne celebration in Milwaukee, Hoffman inherited an 8-6 lead in Denver. The Rockies swatted three fastballs from Hoffman for extra-base hits to tie the score 8-8 with none out. A disputed sacrifice fly, off another fastball from Hoffman, ended San Diego's playoff bit and put Colorado into the postseason.

    “The velocity was OK,” Hoffman said afterward. “I just wasn't very good.”

    Balsley said Hoffman's elbow wasn't discussed leading up to or during the final game.

    Hoffman, who will turn 40 on Saturday, is guaranteed $7.5 million next season.
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  2. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    trade him


    notice one thing in the playoffs?

    Most of the starters and closers can bring the heat

    that's all I'm sayin!!


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