When the Houston Astros first traded Wilton Lopez for Alex White no one could have guessed White would have to have Tommy John Surgery before Lopez. But that is just the case.
When White blamed his drop in velocity on his triceps tendonitis, I was worried. A drop in velocity is never a good thing, even though White did say he has dealt with this type of injury his entire career. Tommy John surgery was almost inevitable after White went on the 60-day disabled list.
Pitching prospects get hurt all the time, so saying the Astros shouldn’t have traded Lopez for White may make sense right now, but in the future it won’t. Trading for White was still a smart move. The only thing I’m concerned about is how the Astros handled him. Triceps tendonitis doesn’t require Tommy John Surgery. So, were the Astros training staff wrong in their evaluation of White, or was he holding back the pain to make a spot on this team?
Either way, I’m glad it was resolved before further damage was done. Yes, Tommy John Surgery is bad, but pitchers come back from it all the time. With all that said, White will be out for the season.
In other news, when the Astros acquired Travis Blackley on Friday we knew a roster move would have to be made. Well today, we found out who that was.
I had a feeling that Edgar Gonzalez would be the one who was designated for assignment, and I was right. With Gonzalez being DFA, he is now off of the 25-man roster and the 40-man roster and on his way back to Triple-A Oklahoma City. As I have already said, Blackley is an upgrade over Gonzalez. He provides the Astros pen with a left long man and is available to step in the rotation when need be as a lefty in a lefty-heavy division like the AL West.