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White to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery

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HOUSTON -- As expected, Astros right-hander Alex White is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery, likely within the next week. Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow said the procedure would be performed by Dr. James Andrews, who is based in Birmingham, Ala.

White injured the elbow pitching in an exhibition against the Cubs a week ago, and was placed on the 60-day disabled list, but he said it had been an issue for quite some time. He was examined by two team doctors, and Andrews confirmed the diagnosis after viewing the MRI.

"The opinion of all three doctors was the best course of action was to take care of it now, because there's a high likelihood it would get worse," Luhnow said.

White, 24, was acquired by the Astros from the Rockies in exchange for pitcher Wilton Lopez and Minor League pitcher Alex Gillingham on Dec. 4, 2012. White was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA in 23 games last season (20 starts), but was 0-2 with a 3.51 ERA in his final 10 starts of the season.

Astros pitcher Philip Humber, who underwent Tommy John surgery in 2005, told White he will have to be patient during his recovery.

"It's a long process, and he's in good hands whoever he goes to," he said. "They've got it down to an exact science as far as the surgery goes. The most important part of it is the rehab, and if you can go through it and not have a setback, you can come back and not worry about that part of your arm again."

Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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