Proctor Out for Season after TJS
Florida Marlins right-hander Scott Proctor received the worst possible news Tuesday during his consultation with Dr. James Andrews. Proctor was diagnosed with a torn flexor tendon and underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery.
The Marlins signed Proctor to a one-year, $750,000 free agent contract despite missing 63 games last season as a member of the Dodgers with right elbow tendinitis. Proctor felt completely healthy at the start of spring training, but he suffered a setback before the Grapefruit League season opened.
His bid to return stalled again during a bullpen session last week.
"It got progressively worse and he feared this was going to be the conclusion today," said Mark Rodgers, Proctor's Palm City-based agent. "Dr. Andrews confirmed that this morning."
A native of Stuart and Jensen Beach resident, Proctor, 32, will remain in Birmingham through Wednesday to meet with a physical therapist.
"He's encouraged the surgery will go well and that he'll pitch again in the major leagues," Rodgers said. "And who knows? Maybe it'll be for the Florida Marlins."
When he visited Dr. Andrews last month, Proctor was diagnosed with a frayed ligament. He decided to continue therapy and his throwing program with the hope he could pitch this season.
"It just frays from overuse," said Rodgers, whose client had back-to-back 83-game seasons under Joe Torre with the Yankees and Dodgers in 2006-07. "He's so competitive. The idea of not being able to compete is foreign to him. That's what allowed him to go out there and try to throw through this.
"Secondly, he was so excited to be a part of the Florida Marlins. He turned down more money elsewhere to sign with the Marlins. He really wanted to pitch for what he considers to be his hometown team, so this is a big setback for Scott just emotionally."
Considering Proctor's makeup, the Marlins might not be averse to bringing him back in 2010 on an incentive-laden deal if his rehab progresses as it should. Most pitchers return from Tommy John surgery in about a year.
Rodgers said Proctor's proximity to the Marlins' minor league headquarters in Jupiter would allow him to rehab there and keep his ties with the organization.
"I've had other clients go through this and the thing I know for certain is there's nothing for certain," Rodgers said. "It's a long road back, but it's a road that's been traveled by a lot of guys who are pitching in the big leagues today that had Tommy John surgery. A lot of guys come back better than they ever were."
The Marlins placed Proctor on the 60-day disabled list to accommodate John Koronka on the 40-man roster.
Here's hoping to a speedy recovery for Proctor... and for the Dodgers young pitching to not suffer this fate due to Torre's misuse of the bullpen.