Surgery to end Milton's season

Surgery to end Milton's season

CINCINNATI -- It was learned on Monday that injured Reds starting pitcher Eric Milton will have season-ending ligament replacement surgery on his problematic left elbow.

A free agent at season's end, Milton has likely thrown his last pitch already for Cincinnati.

In other news, left-handed reliever Bill Bray had another setback and was recalled from his injury rehabilitation assignment at Class A Sarasota. An MRI exam revealed that Bray had inflammation in his left shoulder.

Milton, who went on the 15-day disabled list May 9 because of a sprained left elbow, was 0-4 with a 5.17 ERA in six starts this season for Cincinnati. He had begun a throwing program a couple of weeks ago but felt pain and was re-examined.

Team medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek is scheduled to perform the Tommy John procedure on Milton's elbow on Friday, Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky said.

Since signing a three-year, $25.5 million free agent contract with the Reds on Dec. 27, 2004, Milton has produced disastrous results. In the 66 starts after he inked that deal, the 31-year-old was 16-27 with a 5.83 ERA. In 2005, he allowed a club-record and National League-leading 40 home runs.

In 2006, Milton had two stints on the DL -- including one for a sore elbow that required arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 22.

The health news was considerably better for Bray, who came up sore after beginning his rehab assignment on Wednesday. The 24-year-old flew to Cincinnati on Sunday and underwent tests on Monday that revealed no tears in his shoulder.

"That was real good news," Krivsky said. "It was just inflammation. It's what they thought it was."

Because he was recalled from a rehab assignment, Bray must wait seven days to begin his next one. The assignment can last up to 30 days. He began the year on the DL with a fractured index finger and later came down with shoulder issues.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.