Right-hander Victor Arano, who has been out with elbow inflammation since April 19th, underwent arthroscopic elbow surgery in Los Angeles earlier this week. Arano had appeared close to returning until a setback during his rehab sent him to Dr. Neal ElAttrache for a second opinion and surgery was recommended.
On Wednesday, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler wasn’t sure of what type of surgery was performed, but was quick to mention that it was not Tommy John surgery. Later, the Phillies clarified that it was arthroscopic surgery.
As of the start of Wednesday night’s game, the Phillies were awaiting word from Dr. ElAttrache on a suggested rehab program and a time frame for when Arano might be able to return to the Phillies bullpen.
The Phillies originally acquired Arano in the Roberto Hernandez deal with Los Angeles in August of 2014. Last season he pitched in 60 games for the Phillies and posted a 2.73 ERA out of the bullpen. This season, Arano had made three relief appearances and had a 3.86 ERA prior to being placed on the IL.