Alburquerque Undergoes Elbow Surgery

BaseballDetroit TigersOctavio DotelSpring Training

Detroit reliever Al Alburquerque has had surgery on his pitching elbow and is likely to be sidelined for the first half of the season.

The Tigers say the right-hander had a screw inserted during an operation Thursday by Dr. James Andrews. Alburquerque is expected to start a throwing progression toward the end of spring training and potentially return to game action by the All-Star break.

Alburquerque was one of Detroit's most pleasant surprises in 2011, going 6-1 as a rookie with a 1.87 ERA. He struck out 67 in 43 1-3 innings, holding hitters to a .142 average. The Tigers bolstered their bullpen recently by adding right-hander Octavio Dotel.

The Tigers say Alburquerque's operation was to stabilize a non-displaced stress fracture.

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