Posted: Aug 2, 2013 6:08 PM by Bill Halter
Updated: Aug 2, 2013 9:03 PM
Cal Poly baseball player Brian Mundell had Tommy John elbow surgery on June 26 and isn't expected to be able to swing a bat again until December. Mustangs head coach Larry Lee expects Mundell to once again be the teams designated hitter next season despite the major surgery. Last spring as a freshman, Mundell batted .265 with 42 RBI and a team best 11 home runs. He played in all 55 games as the teams designated hitter.
According to Lee, Mundell thinks he partially tore a ligament in his right elbow in high school and played through pain all of last season. He then heard something pop in the elbow during practice leading up to the NCAA Regional in Los Angeles. Mundell still played in the three regional games, going 3-12 with a home run and 4 RBI.
Mundell's position in the field is catcher but the injury will likely prevent him from playing that next season as the injury happened on his throwing arm. The 6'3", 230 pounder probably only has two seasons left at Cal Poly as he'll likely leave for professional baseball after his junior year.
Tommy John surgery is a procedure in which the ulnar collateral ligament in the elbow is replaced with a tendon from elsewhere in the body. The surgery is named after former major league pitcher Tommy John and most common with baseball pitchers.
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