According to Matt Eddy of Baseball America, right handed starting pitcher Luis Mateo, who was with High-A St. Lucie early this season, has undergone Tommy John Surgery. Mateo’s agent noted that Mateo had the surgery last Tuesday, and will be heading back to the Dominican Republic on Friday. Mateo was viewed as a top ten prospect in the organization before this season.
The 23 year old Mateo, had a very good season last year for Low-A Savannah. In 73.1 innings pitched, he allowed 57 hits while walking just 9 batters and striking out 85. He had a 2.45 ERA to go along with a tremendous WHIP of 0.90.
Mateo, who’s been on the disabled list since April, tossed 8.2 innings for High-A St. Lucie this season, compiling an ERA of 4.15. He also made a brief 3 inning appearance with AA Binghamton.
The recovery and rehab time for Tommy John Surgery is roughly 12 to 18 months. A recent example is Stephen Strasburg, who had the surgery in late August of 2010 and made his first rehab start just under a year later. He returned to the major leagues on September 6th, 2011, meaning his full recovery took just over a year. Let’s hope Mateo recovers in similar fashion.