Doctors have told former Royals reliever Aaron Crow, traded in the offseason to the Miami Marlins, that he needs season-ending elbow ligament-replacement surgery.
Crow will get a second opinion but expects to have the procedure.
“That’s a big blow for him,” Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Wednesday.
A four-year veteran, Crow went 6-1 with a 4.12 ERA in 61 appearances last season for Kansas City but was left off the Royals’ postseason roster. The 28-year-old right-hander allowed two runs and six hits over eight innings during seven spring-training games this year with nine strikeouts and four walks.
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Selected by Kansas City with the 12th overall pick in the 2009 amateur draft, Crow was traded to the Marlins in November for 6-foot-7 left-hander Brian Flynn and right-hander Reid Redman. Crow is making $1,975,000 this year.
Flynn is still competing for the last spot in the Royals’ bullpen after posting a 2.77 ERA in spring training.