A source close to the situation told me that Pat Neshek will indeed have Tommy John surgery. It will likely take place next week.
Interestingly, the ligament that he partially tore in May looked really good. Unfortunately, he tore the other side of the ligament, right off the bone. I can only imagine the pain and discomfort that must cause.
The doctor told him that he will miss the entire 2009 season, but that he should recover completely. Like I wrote last night, this gives him a full 16 months before Spring Training 2010.
I’m certain that Pat is disappointed with this development, but at the same time, he can now focus on the surgery and a full rehabilitation.
I was also told that “he is bummed he will miss the last year in the Metrodome.”
To Pat and his family, obviously we wish you the best through this time and through the recovery.