Newest Pirate Goes Under Knife

By John Perrotto

September 13, 2001

PITTSBURGH–Pittsburgh Pirates rookie righthander Ryan Vogelsong got the expected bad news Wednesday.

Vogelsong will need reconstructive surgery on his right elbow that will likely cause him to miss all of next season. The results of an arthrogram performed on Monday showed Wednesday that Vogelsong has a complete tear of the ulnar collateral ligament.

Vogelsong was injured Sunday in a 5-3 loss to the Cincinnati Reds at PNC Park, just his second start for the Pirates.

“It’s definitely not good news for the Pirates and particularly not good news for the player when someone needs major surgery,” Pirates General Manager Dave Littlefield said Wednesday while the Pirates worked out at PNC Park. “You feel worse for Ryan. He’s going through a whole range of emotions. He was here trying to establish himself in the major leagues and prove his worth, so to speak. Now, that’s been put on hold.”

Vogelsong was acquired along with right fielder Armando Rios from San Francisco in a July 30 trade for Jason Schmidt and John Vander Wal. Rios also played in just two games for the Pirates before having to undergo reconstructive surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Vogelsong went 0-2 with a 12.00 ERA in his two starts with the Pirates.