Right-hander Ely to have Tommy John surgery

Right-hander Ely to have Tommy John surgery

ANAHEIM -- Another pitcher in the Astros organization is headed for Tommy John surgery.

Right-hander John Ely, who was in Major League camp with the Astros before opening the season at Triple-A Oklahoma City, is set to undergo the season-ending surgery, RedHawks manager Tony DeFrancesco said on his pregame interview show Saturday.

Ely, who was acquired in a trade with the Dodgers in December, joins right-hander Alex White, acquired from the Rockies in December, in having their 2013 seasons ended due to an ulnar collateral ligament tear in the elbow. White had surgery Thursday.

Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said Sunday that the rehab process from Tommy John surgery is important for players to adhere to properly so they can return healthy and in a timely manner. He says not doing it the proper way can slow your recovery time.

"The grind of the rehab is really unbelievable," he said. "You're usually at the extended Spring Training complex, you're the only big leaguer there, you're having to do work every day. It's tough work. You're not in games. It's a grind, and you have to keep your focus and give 100 percent to your rehab the way you would your baseball training, otherwise it can really make a difference between a successful rehab and not able to come back 100 percent."

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.