Draft Aft: Luke Bailey possibly headed for surgery?
I’ve learned that Luke Bailey, one of the better of the prep backstops in the class, out of Troup County High School in LaGrange, Georgia, has hurt his elbow. He’s going to see elbow specialist Dr. James Andrews on Monday and word was that he’s got a tear of the UCL (Ulnar Collateral Ligament) in his right elbow.
It’s an injury suffered during his time on the mound, not behind the plate, and it seems like he might require Tommy John surgery to correct the problem. More will undoubtedly come out after his visit with Dr. Andrews. It obviously remains to be seen if he’ll end up honoring his commitment to Auburn, perhaps red-shirting for a year, or if a team will want to take a chance and draft him late and let him rehab the elbow under its watch.
More as it unfolds.
Update (5:15 p.m. ET): ESPN.com (Insider subscription needed) was reporting that Bailey will indeed have Tommy John surgery, performed by Dr. Andrews, on Tuesday morning.