Padres righthander Cesar Carrillo had not been himself since leaving his June 6, 2006, start with Triple-A Portland after 2 2/3 innings with elbow soreness. A test revealed Wednesday that Carrillo, 23, has a sprained ulnar collateral ligament and is expected to miss the remainder of the season. Tommy John surgery was recommended.
The Padres’ first-round pick (18th overall) out of Miami in 2005, Carrillo reached Double-A in his first pro season, but his second was interrupted after just 10 starts with a strained elbow ligament. He attempted to rest and rehab the injury, but was unable to return in time for instructional league or the Arizona Fall League last October.
Carrillo, San Diego’s top pitching prospect, was clearly not right even when he was able to retake the mound with Portland this season. In two of his starts he went ten innings and allowed just four runs, but in his other three starts, he allowed 11 runs in 5 2/3 innings. The final straw came when Carrillo left Monday’s game with elbow soreness after just an inning and two-thirds.
When he’s right, Carrillo throws an above-average 90-94 mph fastball with natural sink and a tight, downer curveball.