Crosby has Tommy John surgery

By Will Kimmey
June 25, 2002

Two-sport star Roscoe Crosby won’t be playing either baseball or football for awhile.

Crosby, an outfield prospect for the Royals and wide receiver at Clemson, had Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow Tuesday.

The surgery, performed by Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, means Crosby will not play for the Royals for the second consecutive summer, after the team drafted him out of high school in South Carolina last June.

Crosby, a second-round pick, signed with Kansas City for $1.75 million last summer and reported to short-season Spokane, but he never played because of elbow trouble.

He played in nine football games in his freshman season for Clemson, making 23 catches for 396 yards and three touchdowns.

Crosby headed to the Royals’ spring-training facility in Baseball City, Fla., at the end of the school year. He was able to hit, but his elbow still bothered him.

“He wanted to play outfield and we wanted him to play outfield,” Royals farm director Bob Hegman said. “He really couldn’t develop for us without being able to throw.”

Hegman said the Royals knew of Crosby’s arm trouble, which forced him to DH as a high school senior, when they drafted him.

Crosby will redshirt this football season at Clemson and plans to return to the Tigers in the fall of 2003.

Contrary to a recent media report, Crosby has not lost his college eligibility because of grades.

“His GPA is fine,” said Tim Bourett, Clemson’s sports information director. “He is still eligible to return. To play this year, he would need six hours (of class credits) this summer.”

Under NCAA rules, an athlete must complete 24 credit hours to be eligible to play a second season. Crosby had 18 hours and could make up the remaining six in summer school, an approach that is not uncommon among college athletes.