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Minor Leaguer Kohn set for elbow surgery

Minor Leaguer Kohn set for elbow surgery

Minor Leaguer Kohn set for elbow surgery
MINNEAPOLIS -- Angels Triple-A reliever Michael Kohn got the prognosis he was dreading from Dr. James Andrews: season-ending Tommy John surgery.

After having a couple of setbacks with a right forearm strain this spring, the 25-year-old right-hander visited the noted arm surgeon on Wednesday and was told he needed to have the elbow-ligament-replacement procedure.

That procedure will take place at Andrews' facility in Pensacola, Fla., on Thursday. Recovery time is estimated at 12 months.

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"Just wanted to say thank you to all the people who sent me their thoughts and prayers," Kohn said via his Twitter account. "I'll come back from this."

Kohn, a 13th-round Draft pick by the Angels in 2008, posted a 2.11 ERA in 24 relief appearances as a rookie in 2010, then struggled to a 7.30 ERA in 14 games in 2011 and wasn't called back up after being optioned to Triple-A in mid-July.

This spring, Kohn hurled five scoreless, one-inning appearances.

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