Arizona Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Bronson Arroyo will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, he confirmed to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com on Monday afternoon.
Arroyo, who has been one of the game’s most durable pitchers, has tossed at least 199 innings in every season from 2005-2013. But the 37-year-old landed on the disabled list for the first time in his 15-year career in June after he was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.
An MRI later revealed that the ligament had completely come off the bone.
Arroyo posted a 4.08 ERA in 14 starts with the D-backs prior to his stint on the DL, with the former Red Sox pitcher making six of those starts with a torn UCL.
Arroyo signed a two-year, $23.5 million contract with Arizona during the offseason, but he will likely be sidelined until the second half of the 2015 season.
The right-hander also told Gilbert that he isn’t even considering hanging up the cleats at this time, adding that he is “determined” to return to the mound and pitch at least a couple more seasons.